2013-14 Unit Plan
Sustainability Steering Committee

Mission Statement

The college continues its legacy of leadership in sustainability by modeling sustainability in its instructional program, curriculum, student and civic engagement activities, facilities and operations, land use planning and other practices.

Program Description

The Sustainability Steering Committee provides oversight for the college's sustainability initiative.  This group consists of representatives from faculty, administrators, management, student services, public relations and marketing, information technology, and students.   

Current status.  The actions taken over the past year are shown below.  These are listed by objective from the sustainability initiative in the Butte College 2012-2013 Strategic Direction.   

a.  Continue integrating sustainability into the curriculum
     -  Continue integrating sustainability into Basic Skills as funded by Title III.  Status: The Butte Campus Green Map will be completed by the end of Spring 2013. The City of Chico Green Map is operational and being continuously refined.
     -  Continue to gain approval of a number of sustainability-related degrees and certificates in the Career and Technical Education area. These include:
          + Certificate of Achievement in Sustainable Design and Technology.  Status:   (Status - This will be submitted for approval in the spring semester/2013)
          + Associate of Science in Sustainable Construction Principles:  Status:  (Status - This has been submitted for approval in the spring semester/2013)
          + Associate of Science Sustainability Programs Management.  Status:   (Status - This will be submitted for approval in the 2013/2014 school year)
          + Associate of Science in Sustainable Architectural Studies.  Status:   (Status - This will be submitted for approval in the 2013/2014 school year).
     - Articulate the new degrees with the CSU and UC systems. Status: (Meetings will be scheduled with CSU and UC faculty to review programs in spring semester/2013) 
     - Examine the feasibility of expanding the existing Sustainability Studies Certificate into an associate's degree.  Status:  (Mimi)
           
 
b.  Maintain Butte College's leadership in sustainability
     -  Continue to idenfity and present at regional, state, and national conferences.  Status:  Butte College was recognized as one of the three winners of the inaugural Board of Governors Sustainability Award and won the a Green Genome Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.  Butte College was the first California Community College to host the annual California Student Sustainability Coalition Conference. The Chancellor's Office Sustainability Plan Template Presentation has been accepted at the annual APPA Conference and Ken Albright will be a presenter. 
     -  Continue to refine practices to reduce irrigation and energy use.  Status:   Plan developed. 
     -  Continue to innovate to develop best practices and systems that can serve as models for the service area.  Status: Juri

c.  Continue working to achieve carbon neutrality
     -  Complete the Greenhouse Gas Inventory.  Status:  Completed in January 2013.  Significantly higher emissions from transportation than was shown on the 2006 inventory.
     -  Monitor current energy usage and maintain high energy standards.  Status:  Ongoing
     -  Monitor developments with T-24 energy efficiency standards, green building standards, and LEED.  Status:  Ongoing
     -  Continue to expand the use of ZimRide. Status:  Ongoing

d.  Certify Student and Administrative Services building and selected existing buildings to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.  
     -  Complete the process to gain LEED-Gold certification for Student and Administrative Services.  Status:  Completed.
  
e.   Develop and implement strategies to attract sustainable industries and provide students the skills they need to succeed in the emerging green economy.
     -  Continue implementing the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Teaching for Rural Academic Basic Achievement and Job Opprotunities (TRABAJO) grant.  Status:  Will be completed by October 2013.
     -  Work through Contract Education and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to encourage students and community members to achieve industry recognized certifications and accreditations (e.g. LEED, HERS, BPI, others).  Status:  The first class to train students to take the LEED Green Associate accreditation was completed fall semester/2012, and students will be scheduling to take the LEED Green Associate accreditation test free during winter/2013.  Part of the programs to be submitted for approval as noted above is to pursue accreditation as LEED AP, Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE), Housing Energy Rating Certification (HERS raters), and Building Performance Institute certification (BPI). 
 
f.  Continue to improve sustainability awareness at Butte College. 
     -  Increase sustainability related signage on campus.  Status:  Bulletin boards for ride sharing and resources sharing were added in the Campus Center. Recycling signage has been upgraded District wide.
     -  Continue upgrading the recycling programs – with a next focus on used paper towels.  Status:  Piloted air hand dryers at the Chico Center
     -  Continue working to make operations such as dining services and events more sustainable.  Status:  Working with Recology to reinvigorate the composting program.
     -  Update the website, brochure, and TV spots.  Status:  Collecting content for webpage refresh. 
     -  Implement a student sustainability “Street Team” to increase sustainability awareness in offices on campus.  Status:  There are currently 7 students in the "Street Team" and it continues to grow. 
There is a new United States Green Building Council Student Group has been formed on campus and is listed on the national website.
A new Sustainability Resource Center internship program has been developed.
Custodial Services hired two students to handle all of the recycling on campus.
     -  Continue to educate the campus on the social justice and economic aspects of sustainability.  Status: Ongoing
 

     

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

a.  Continue integrating sustainability into the curriculum

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Based on labor market analysis these certificate and degree programs are critical to providing employees in our service area with the skills they need to successfully compete in the emerging "green" economy. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

    b.  Maintain Butte College's leadership in sustainability

    Initiatives
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Butte College is a recognized leader in sustainability.  Maintaining leadership is critical to being a part of the state and national dialogue on this important topic.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    c.  Continue working to achieve carbon neutrality

    Initiatives
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Butte College is a recognized leader in sustainability.  Maintaining leadership by achieving carbon neutrality is critical to being a part of the state and national dialogue on this important topic.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    d.   Develop and implement strategies to attract sustainable industries and provide students the skills they need to succeed in the emerging green economy

    Initiatives
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Working collaboratively with other community partners is critical to the college's future success in multiple areas to include financial viability, student recruitment, and student success.  Sustainability is viewed as a key organizing concept for the university and the City of Chico. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 5

    e.  Continue to improve sustainability awareness at Butte College

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Sustainability is a journey - not a destination.  Maintaining a high level of awareness about sustainability among faculty, staff and students is foundational to the sucessful implementation of the college's sustainability initiative. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    1.  Zimride:  $5,000 (Butte College Associated Students funds $5,000 to cover the entire $10,000 cost)
    2.  Memberships:  $600 for AASHE membership
    3.  Events/Travel/Conference:  $5,000 (variety of events)
    4.  Bioneers: $2,500 (funds only about  half the cost.  Remainder will come from Green Genome Grant and fundraising)
    5.  Miscellaneous:  $2,500 (covers printing and materials costs)

    Current Revenue Stream

    Butte College Associated Students provides $5,000 each year to help defray the cost of Zimride

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Sustainability Operating Expenses Zimride 110991101660013 55890 $0.00 $5,000.00 The college has used Zimride as its ridesharing program for the past three years. This system takes 500-1,000 cars off the campus each day. This helps with parking and significantly reduces the college's carbon footprint.
    2 Yes Sustainability Operating Expenses 110991101660013 55890 $9,600.00 $0.00 This request provides funding for a variety of sustainability-related initiatives to include campus events, conferences and Bioneers.
    3 Yes Sustainability Operating Expenses Climate Action Plan 110991101660013 55100 $15,000.00 $0.00 The college committed to the development of a Climate Action plan as part of the President's Climate Commitment. This item was funded in 2012-2013. The Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory, upon which the Climate Action plan is based, was not completed until June, 2012.
    Total(s) $24,600.00 $5,000.00