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Capitol College Green Initiatives

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Environmental Team

Beginning fall 2009, Capitol College will host its first meeting of the Environmental Committee to include faculty, staff, and student representatives to develop college-wide activities and formation of an environmental club. The committee will establish an institutional plan and goals to expand our green promise.
Environmentally Preferable Products and Services

Capitol College has committed to printing its quarterly magazine using paper containing 50% recycled content including 15% post consumer waste.

Environmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects

Capitol College participated in the Gorgeous Prince George’s Day Tree Planting event in October 2008 and was the recipient of the Maryland Bronze PLANT Award. The college plans to take part in this annual event in an effort to expand the county’s tree cover and beautification efforts.

WASTE

Solid Waste/Material Use Reduction and Reuse

The college has taken steps to reduce paper waste by communicating electronically including the creation of a monthly e-newsletter, the Capitol Connector. Additionally, we are moving towards placement of the college catalog on our website and reduced printing waste by producing supplements to the bi-annual catalog as needed.

ENERGY

Energy Efficiency

The college recently signed a contract with BGE as part of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program to install four Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) on our main building’s HVAC system to improve energy efficiency. Total cost savings is $38,288 and a reduction of 176,470.2 kWh per year.

TRANSPORTATION

Employee Commute

The college allows eligible employees to participate in a telecommuting work option to reduce daily commuter trips and fuel consuption.

Efficient Business Travel

Capitol College utilizes teleconferencing technology and our synchronous Capitol Live and asynchronous Capitol Online platforms to host events and meetings to connect our long-distance faculty members and business partners in lieu of travel to campus.

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