Going green, saving green
CCBC recognized for its sustainability efforts.
CCBC’s sustainability initiatives are paying off in both dollars and sense. Making sensible decisions that save the environment and saves the college millions has proved to be a big win, bringing CCBC national and regional recognition for its sustainability efforts.
The National Association of College and University Business Officers honored CCBC as one of six colleges/universities to earn a NACUBO Innovation Award for its college-wide sustainability endeavors. Additionally, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission named CCBC a Maryland Sustainable Growth Award: Leadership & Service recipient.
CCBC sustainability efforts highlights include:
- Installing 43 solar canopies across the three campuses, projected to save the college $4-6 million over the next 20 years thanks to an agreement with Constellation Energy.
- Participating in EnerNoc’s Demand Response Program, which helps conserve energy during code-red emergencies and has netted CCBC approximately $261,000 over a two-year period.
- Installing energy-efficient lights and mechanical equipment which has saved the college more than $168,000 through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Energy Savers Program.
- Adopting single-stream recycling that has increased recycling material by 86 percent at the college over the past three years.
- Developing campus community gardens with the assistance of employees, students and CCBC’s on-campus food service vendor, Sodexo.
- Achieving Silver LEED status for all new construction. CCBC now has three new buildings with that status: the Library and the Mathematics and Science Hall at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Owings Mills at Metro Center.