Past Reports to Campus on Sustainability Projects
October 2012 Update
eWaste Disposal Days: in cooperation with the University of Hawaii and Apple Computer, the Pearl City campus will once again be a drop-off site for the Education and Government eWaste Disposal Days. This event will take place on October 25-27, 2012 and will require that we close parking lot 1-C during the duration of the event. See attached for more details on eWaste Disposal Days and campus parking lot closures.
Water Bottle Refilling Stations: in late September, our Operations and Maintenance team coordinated the purchase and acquisition of four (4) water bottle refilling stations to replace existing water fountains. These units were placed at the PS, BS, LA, and AM buildings. Campus response to these new fixtures has been overwhelming. Thanks everyone for your support and use. Depending upon use and maintenance, more refilling stations may be purchased in the future. Funding for the water bottle refilling stations came from the campus' sustainability budget.
Bicycle Racks: additional bicycle racks have been purchased and installed in front of campus between the LA and PS buildings. Additional bicycle racks will be installed near the Education Building when that facility opens next year. We are experiencing an increase in the number of regular bicycle riders to campus and are working on providing amenities that were not previously available. The Sustainability Committee has approved the purchase of a bicycle maintenance station that will be placed near the bicycle racks. In addition, the Education Building will include shower facilities for bicycle riders. Look for more information in the coming weeks and months on these initiatives.
Johnson Controls Energy Conservation Measures: over the past two years, the campus has been undergoing significant improvements in the area of electrical consumption and water conservation usage. Lighting upgrades, motion sensors, chiller plant and cooling tower replacements, new water irrigation systems, and water conservation features in restrooms are just a few of the changes that have occurred. What is the result of these changes? One measure of our efficiency is our electrical consumption measured in kilowatt hours. In Fiscal Year 2010, the Pearl City and Waianae campuses consumed more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity. In Fiscal Year 2012, our electrical consumption was reduced to 6.2 million kilowatt hours - a reduction of more than 14%! Our electrical consumption savings was the equivalent of what 128 households in Hawaii would consume in one year. Kudos to everyone for turning out lights, shutting down computers, and for working in a more environmentally-sensitive way!
OCEWD Sustainability Programs: be sure to check out the programs and course offerings by our very own OCEWD. There is a wide variety of opportunities to explore including programs/courses in Biofuels Process Operations, Energy Auditor Fundamentals, and Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems to name just a few. These are great programs and opportunities that have high job placement with living wage potential. Website link: http://www.ocewd.org/sustainability.htm