- The college has signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
- A sustainability committee advises on environmental programs and policies on campus.
- A green purchasing policy and a sustainability plan are being developed.
- All of the buildings on the new Fort Bliss campus, currently in the planning phase, will meet LEED Silver standards.
- The new Student Services Center, also in planning, will feature glazed windows, to let in less light, as well as waterless urinals.
- Energy-saving technologies in buildings include economizers, LED and other efficient lighting, lighting sensors, timers for temperature control, variable speed drives, and vending machine sensors. The college also employs electrical demand reduction strategies and utilizes an ice storage chilled water system.
- Direct digital controls will be installed across campus to allow for temperature setbacks and other energy-saving measures to be easily implemented.
- All lights in buildings throughout the district have been replaced with energy-efficient bulbs, reducing energy use by 20 percent.
- The college is also planning to retrofit all water fixtures with low-flow models.
Climate Change & Energy
- The college will be upgrading chillers in its buildings to replace older equipment with more efficient systems.
- A district-wide recycling program has recently been implemented. The college has recycled over 200 tons of material in the 2009-2010 academic year.
- The college hosts seminars on recycling and other green initiatives which are open to the whole community.