- LATTC has signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
- The Green College Initiative focuses on incorporating sustainability into buildings, campus operations, public awareness, and green training programs.
- The college has a formal green building policy.
- Three buildings on campus are LEED certified: two buildings in the South Campus project at the Gold level and the Child Development Center at the Silver level.
- Three future campus buildings are also aiming for LEED certification one will meet Gold standards and two will meet Silver standards.
- To improve energy efficiency, all campus buildings feature energy-efficient lighting, LED lights in exit signs, lighting sensors, and energy management systems to set back temperatures. Economizers are also present in many buildings.
- Low-flow faucets and low-flow showerheads are installed across campus, and some buildings also feature waterless urinals.
- The college is planning to install a weather-informed irrigation system.
Climate Change & Energy
- The Renewable Energy Program outlines a plan for the college to begin using a central plant for all heating and electricity needs in order to increase efficiency.
- Building systems are tuned up annually.
- The college hosts activities that raise awareness about the importance of reducing energy use.
- Energy monitoring dashboard displays have been installed in one campus building, to show real-time energy use.
- Many new buildings will utilize renewable energy, including a new parking structure with solar panels on top.
- The Construction Technology building will feature geothermal heating.
- All traditional materials are recycled on campus: aluminum, cardboard, glass, plastic, and paper. Scrap metal is also recycled.
- The college also recycles used computers, light bulbs, batteries, and printer cartridges.
- Unwanted campus furniture and equipment is sold in online auctions, and unsold items are donated to local nonprofits.
- Landscape waste is mulched and used in flower beds as fertilizer.
- Pre-consumer food scraps from the kitchens are composted for use in campus landscaping.
- Excess food is donated to a local food bank.
- Used cooking oil is converted to biodiesel.
- Students can get involved with sustainability on campus by attending the sustainability carnival or numerous conferences and workshops hosted by the college. They can also participate in beach and community clean-ups.
- Students have created short infomercials on sustainability.
- The student group Commissioners of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability promotes environmental efforts on campus.
- Through the Student Ambassadors program, students are trained in ways to save energy, and are then assigned to work with departments to raise awareness about sustainability.
- The college offers 14 degree and certificate programs on sustainability topics ranging from alternative fuels to water purification.
- The Regional Economic Development Institute has hosted forums on green jobs, conducted research on supply and demand of environmental projects around Los Angeles, and is developing green workforce training programs for new fields, including solar and fuel cell technician programs.
- Of 38 vehicles in the campus fleet, 23 are electric, 3 run on biofuel, and 2 are hybrids.
- The college offers incentives for carpooling to campus and provides subsidies for the train system, to incentivize employees and students to commute sustainably.
- Bike to Work Day encourages employees to use alternative transportation.