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Montgomery College FY
2010 Resource Conservation Plan.
1) For FY 2009 and FY 2010, Montgomery College purchased 60%
of its electricity need through Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
from wind power.
2) For calendar year 2008, Montgomery College recycled 69% of
its waste stream, far exceeding Montgomery County’s legally
mandated 50% recycling requirement. This resulted in Montgomery
College receiving Montgomery County’s Excellence in Recycling
Award. Montgomery College has earned this award six out of the
past eight years. In addition, Montgomery College has increased
the poundage of materials recycled from one million in 2002 to
three million in 2008.
3) Montgomery College reduces its daytime peak electricity
demand by producing ice at night and melting this ice during the
day for cooling buildings on all three of its campuses.
4) Montgomery College generates 160,000-kilowatt hours of
electricity and 183,000-kilowatt hours of thermal energy from
photovoltaic cells and tubular solar arrays.
5) Montgomery College’s four central cooling plants use high
efficiency ammonia chillers, which are non-CFC and non-emitters
of greenhouse gases.
6) Building energy consumption at Montgomery College is reduced
by the efficient management of heating and cooling through the
use of modern direct digital control systems, variable frequency
drive motors and pumps, CO2 and occupancy sensors in rooms, and
increased insulation in buildings’ roofs and exterior walls and
windows. This has kept the British thermal unit (Btu)
consumption per-square-foot of space constant while utility
costs have risen.
7) Montgomery College is a partner in Montgomery County’s
consolidated utility procurement process, which allows for the
acquisition of electricity and natural gas in an economy of
scale pricing beneficial manner.
8) Montgomery County Government requires that County-funded
capital project buildings meet LEED Silver certification.
Montgomery College currently has one science building under
construction and another science building in design that will
both meet the higher certification level of LEED Gold.
9) Montgomery College has a full-time professional engineer on
staff who serves as the College’s Energy Manager.
10) Montgomery College encourages students to use public
transportation by providing free bus service on the Montgomery
County’s Ride On bus system. At the College’s Takoma Park/Silver
Spring Campus, this service has contributed to the single person
use of vehicles to be less than 50 % the student population.
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