Description/achievement of initiative
1. Increase student awareness of environmental and sustainability issues and how the issues affect their lives and their future
2. Implement planned energy efficiency projects
3. Engage our students and employees in a comprehensive effort to minimize waste
Richland College has integrated sustainability into its Core Curriculum the general education curriculum for two- and four-year colleges and universities in Texas and its general education student learning outcomes.
Richland College Facilities Services has nine energy efficiency retrofit projects planned for implementation in the next three years. These projects include replacement of two boilers, a chiller, electrical motors, metal halide lighting, and an air handling system. New installation projects include a thermal storage system, solar heat, electrical meters, and light harvesting for three buildings. The expected annual emissions reduction from the retrofit projects is 625 metric tons.
Richland College has an award-winning recycling program annually recycling more than half the waste generated on campus. However, the college has opportunity to improve performance in minimizing the amount of waste generated. During the next three years, Richland College Facilities Services and the Office of Student Life commit to collaborating on a waste minimization campaign involving student organizations, such as the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Women in Math and Science Club, as well as KDUX Radio and the Broadcasting Club.