Two Butte College Directors Receive Awards from California Community Colleges Board of Governors
Two Butte College Directors were the recipients of individual awards during the California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2016 Energy and Sustainability Awards. Maria Elena “Nena” Anguiano, Director of Butte College’s Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, was honored with the Board of Governors Faculty/Student Initiative Award. Ken Albright, Butte College Director of Facilities Planning and Management, was honored as this year’s Sustainability Champion.
Established in 2012, the Board of Governors Energy and Sustainability Awards highlight colleges that implemented energy projects that excelled in meeting the goals of Proposition 39, including annual energy cost savings, project cost effectiveness and job creation. The awards are granted in the following categories: Excellence in Energy and Sustainability – Proposition 39 Projects; Excellence in Energy and Sustainability – Faculty & Student Initiatives; Excellence in Energy and Sustainability – Sustainability Champion.
Anguiano is the visionary behind the success of the sustainability efforts of the MESA program and has worked to implement nearly a dozen grant-funded research programs, education and outreach efforts and valuable internship opportunities that benefit Butte College students. Examples of her success include the following: REGen – research and education related to biomass conversion to alternative fuel development and biochar creation and carbon sequestration; SEA – research and education related to solar energy creation including internship opportunities with local solar energy designers, and; MESA Talk – subject matters presented in a “TED Talk” format by MESA students on substantive issues of sustainability. Her efforts through Butte College’s MESA Program have not only given her community huge benefits in science and technology education, but have also had a tremendous positive impact in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency.
Albright was recognized for moving the district toward greater sustainability and energy efficiency. Under his leadership, the district has implemented complex Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) projects to large scale on-site Photovoltaic (PV) solar generation projects. The efforts of Albright and his team have led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance cost savings annually and with future plans to ensure that Butte College remains one the most sustainable districts in the community college system. In addition, Albright has been a leader among his peers in the area of energy efficiency as a long-time member of the CCC/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership Management Team, and is the founder of the Far North Facilities Officers Summit.
For a complete listing of award winners, see the official California Community Colleges Board of Governors press release, here: http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/Portals/0/DocDownloads/PressReleases/SEPT2016/PR-Energy-and-Sustainability-Awards-9-19-16-FINAL.pdf