The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has recognized Mike Miller, Butte College Director of Facilities Planning and Management at the 9th Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference held in Los Angeles.
“Mike has been a real pioneer for sustainability in the state’s community college system and most recently managed and completed two large new construction projects on the campus totaling approximately $53 million. One building is LEED Gold Certified by the US Green Building Council, and the other is awaiting certification,” said Frederick Harris, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Assistant Vice Chancellor. “He also managed the design and implementation of Butte College’s Phase I Solar project that included 900 kw of solar panels, completed a Phase II Solar Project in 2009 which includes five new arrays--for a total campus solar power output of 2.6 million kWh annually. These projects combined generate about 43 percent of the college’s electricity needs.”
Harris added that Miller has been instrumental in steering the college to its goal of being grid positive by 2011. He also noted Butte College operates the largest community college transportation system in California - keeping up to 1,600 cars off of the road each day and student bus ridership has increased from 800-900 daily in 2006-07 to 1,600-1,700 daily in 2009-10.
“Additionally Mike completed a campus-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory in 2006 and is managing the Solar
Phase III 2.7 mW project with plans to be the first college in the United States to be ‘Grid Positive by 2011’ and ‘Climate Neutral by 2012’,” said Harris. “He’s been instrumental in working to integrate students from green jobs solar training into apprenticeship programs and work opportunities on campus solar projects with the local solar providers. He plays a vital role as a member of the CCC/IOU Partnership Management Team, advisor to the Green Technology Conference planning group, and chair of the College’s Safety, Land Use, and Facilities Master Plan committees.”
Butte College has been nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability as the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2008 National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out Contest: Campus Solutions to Global Warming, the national EPA Green Power Leadership Award for On Site Generation for 2009, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Sustainability Leadership Award.
Harris praised Miller for being the “catalyst” for the annual Butte College Sustainability Conference which this year will be held in partnership with CSU, Chico on November 4-6.