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COD Publishes Green Council 2011-12 Annual Report

 

College of the Desert’s (COD) Green Council has published its second Annual Report.

The Green Council has achieved many goals during the year including:  appointing an architectural integrated design team for the West Valley Campus, completing and submitting the plans for the East Valley Campus-Indio to the California Division of the State Architect, and completing the Facilities Master Plan for the East Valley Campus-Mecca/Thermal. The college received a LEED Gold Certification for the Cravens Student Services Center and initiated planning for other Palm Desert facilities. Photovoltaic solar panels were incorporated in both the new Math Science Technology Center and Communication buildings. Research was conducted for grants and loans that may be available for sustainability projects. Additionally, the college will partner with Southern California Edison which will develop, construct and operate a 60-acre ‘GreenPark’ solar farm on the West Valley Campus. Students also participated in a number of Green Council sponsored events throughout the year. Many departments on campus have found ways to reduce and recycle everyday products. 

To read the complete report, go to the College’s website www.collegeofthedesert.edu, click on Community, Sustainability Stewardship, Green Council. The link to the 2011 Annual Report of the Green Council is under the Annual Reports section or follow this link to the report: http://www.collegeofthedesert.edu/community/ss/Misc%20Documents/2011%20Annual%20Report%20of%20Green%20Council.pdf.

The Green Council was formed in 2010 to shepherd operationalization of the college’s Board of Trustees Sustainability Stewardship Policy adopted in 2009 which affirms that: COD will develop and maintain principles and guidelines of sustainability stewardship in the execution of its responsibilities to facilities design and operation; campus management; and teaching and learning. The Green Council sets annual goals, objectives, and targets. In addition, Sustainability Stewards have been identified who are responsible for upholding the principles.

For more information, call Vice President of Business Affairs Dr. Edwin Deas at 760-773-2511.

September 2012