- The Alamo Colleges signed the American College and University Presidentsâ€™ Climate Commitment in August 2008, pledging to build all new construction to LEED Silver standards, adopt an Energy Star purchasing policy, encourage the use of public transportation, purchase at least 15% of their electricity from renewable sources, and adopt measures to reduce waste.
- In 2010, they received an Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership award from Second Nature for their commitment to reducing energy and natural gas use, their implementation of campus-wide electric, gas, and water metering, and the solar panel installations on the Southwest campus.
- The colleges received the 2010 Going Green Award for building management, sponsored by the San Antonio Business Journal.
- Thirty existing buildings across the five campuses meet LEED green building standards.
- Energy-efficient technologies installed include economizers; energy management systems; lighting sensors; electric, thermal, and water metering; timers for temperature control; and variable speed drives.
- To conserve water in landscaping, the colleges use weather-informed irrigation, non-potable water, and native plants that require less water.
Climate Change & Energy
- Campuses regularly perform system tune-ups and implement Continuous Commissioning processes to their HVAC and building automation systems.
- The recycling program includes aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and all plastics.
- Paper made with recycled content is purchased for use in campus printers and copiers.
- Dining halls purchase local and organic foods.
- The colleges host an Earth Day festival.
- Environmental science is offered as a minor.
- A campus-wide initiative is in place to raise awareness and promote use of the local public transportation system.