CCBC garners a 2016 NACUBO Innovation Award for its "Green begets Green" sustainability strategy

Jul 20, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD. — At this year’s Annual Meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, held in Montreal, Canada, CCBC was one of six colleges/universities to earn a 2016 NACUBO Innovation Award for its college-wide sustainability endeavors. The award was based on CCBC’s paper, titled “Green Begets Green,” detailing the CCBC Office of Administrative Services proactive approach to projects not only as energy conservation initiatives, but also as sources of extra funds for programs and student scholarships.

CCBC’s dedicated journey toward a sustainable future began in 2008 when the college president signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment. According to CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis, “We at CCBC are committed to being good stewards of the Earth. Vice President Melissa Hopp and her staff have implemented an array of strategies to show that commitment: Solar Panel energy generation, LEED-certified construction, innovative recycling efforts, green cleaning supplies, LED lighting to name a few. In short, green sustainability practices translate into ‘greenbacks’ that we use to support students and programs.”

Highlights of the CCBC “Green Begets Green” report include:
  • A solar power panel agreement with Constellation Energy with a flat rate guarantee is projected to save $4-6 million over the next 20 years. Constellation will provide 27 percent of CCBC’s annual electric needs, generated by 40 solar canopies across its three campuses.
  • An energy partnership with EnerNOC for a Demand Response Program to help conserve energy during code red emergencies netted CCBC about $261,000.00 for the two-year period of FY 2014 and FY2015. CCBC surpassed the required load reduction throughout the course of the program.
  • CCBC participates in Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Smart Energy Savers Program, which requires customers to make their properties more energy efficient. By replacing the original gym lights in the Jack Manley Wellness and Athletics Center at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC earned a rebate of $82,863. At CCBC Dundalk, replacement of 40-year old mechanical and electrical equipment in the Central Utilities Plant netted a rebate of $80,876. Even a simple project such as replacing the lights on the quad at CCBC Essex with LED lights brought in $4,950.
As Vice President of Administration Services Melissa Hopp puts it, “In addition to being socially responsive and fiscally responsible, these CCBC sustainability efforts have become mutually beneficial to current and future generations. CCBC is committed to finding new opportunities and partnerships to conserve limited natural resources and bring in extra revenue to support educational and programmatic initiatives.”

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Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

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