Bigbelly solar powered trash compactors that email Maintenance when they’re full!

2016 ARC Trees
This Bigbelly solar powered trash compactor really does email the Maintenance Department when it’s full! These recycle stations were purchased with matching funds from ARC Administration & the ARC Student Senate. There were two purchased to test out — you can find one on the West side of the Administration Building, and the other on the South-West side of the new Student Center. A great big thank you to our students for their investment into our campus!

For more information on these bins on their Facebook page & other sources at

or by visiting them, if you are ever in Massachusetts:

    150 A Street, Needham Heights, MA // (781) 444-6002

2016 ARC Trees
Bigbelly transforms the way organizations manage waste & recycling, while saving time, fuel and money and beautifying their public space.

2016 update…

Filtered Water Bottle Refill Stations…

By now, you may have noticed that there are some new retrofitted or entirely replaced FILTERED WATER BOTTLE REFILL STATIONS here on our campus. This initial install of 6 units is phase 1, which happened over the break. This came about from an award of money from the American River College Associated Student Body Student who put $20,000 towards putting these in. Phase 2 will be coming soon which will bring us to approximately 10-12 finished units!


I just want to send a big thank you to our amazing students for their investment into our campus!! This will go a long way in reducing the number of water and soda bottles from our land fill stream, which because of Assembly Bill 341, we are mandated to reduce our land fill stream by 75% by the year 2020.

Earth Day update…

This year’s theme of #UPCYCLE has us planning for some very interesting booths! We will have our #UPCYCLED recycle bin on display with student artwork being showcased, as a variety of fun interactive activities as well as informational demonstrations. Your donation of:
Empty cereal boxes & newspaper
Old or broken jewelry / buttons / etc…
Gently used clothing & books to participate & supply a trading post
White elephant gift exchange
We are really looking forward to seeing you out there—our Trading Post is sure to be a big hit, so please mark your calendars and stop by inside the Student Center on Tuesday April 19th and then again on Wednesday, April 20th to celebrate Earth Day out in front of the Library. For photos from last year’s event, click here.



A couple of things to remember here at ARC:
Your toner cartridges, light bulbs, batteries and aerosol cans should never be disposed of to our land fill stream—bring those items in to Printing Services for collection. We send them over to the Maintenance Department where they are sorted and disposed of properly.
Be sure to help out our Maintenance staff by emptying your small, under the desk bins into a larger one when it gets full. It’s been brought to my attention that this will go a long way in ensuring our recycling efforts will be carried out as expected.
For a complete list of items that are recyclable, take a look at our signs!


Tree info…

Some information regarding upcoming scheduled maintenance of some of our urban forrest…One of our contractors will be doing some work at ARC on Friday, April 8th.
They are going to prune all the tree limbs that are within four feet of the library walls
They are removing the remaining cherry tree in the lawn in front of Tech Ed
They are pruning the eucalyptus in horticulture area
And cutting up the fallen oaks on the creek road and grinding one additional stump in that area
We will also be hearing from them on the status of the large heritage oak next to Davie’s Hall.

I’ll be visiting our other heritage oak later this week (click here to see it on our SustainabilityARC Facebook page) and will have more information on that project once I can talk to the mill where it is being stored. Our first project will be two new podiums to replace the existing particle board ones that get used.

Thank you for reading this over. If you have any questions / suggestions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Don Reid, Supervisor Printing Services
ARC Earth Day, Co-Chair
ARC Green Office, Program Chair
ARC Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Chair
ARC Buildings Grounds & Safety Committee: Campus Sustainability & Campus Tree Advisory Committee Representative

Save the date // Earth Day 2015!

Earth Day at American River College


Please mark your calendars for the next Earth Day at American River College!! This year, we’ll be celebrating it on Wednesday, April 22.

ARC’s own Technical Education Department’s will be out with their Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program being highlighted. On display will be the City of Sacramento with some of it’s compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Their work recently won our region the title of greenest city fleet in America! Regional Transit will be bringing one of their CNG buses.and Waste Management, and more. SMUD will be showcasing their latest info & technology that is sure to shape the way emerald valley that Sacramento is shaping up to be. This, and much much more.

If you weren’t able to attend last year’s event, feel free to take a look at some photos Don Reid was able to capture for our ARC Sustainability Facebook photo gallery page. Be sure to click on the LIKE & SHARE buttons to help spread the word.

ARC Now Composts!

Welcome to the Fall semester!

I wanted to send out an update on our composting efforts here at American River College. After a little more than year of beginning this project, I am happy to report that yesterday Waste Management delivered bins to the Culinary Program in Fine & Applied Arts and to Aramark’s Cafeteria in the Student Center so that we can begin diverting pre- & post-consumer compostable material from our land fills as mandated by Assembly Bill 341.
This bill requires that institutions our size have a 75% diversion rate by 2020, and with your help by informing students and modeling this behavior we will be able to meet this goal. I was surprised to see what was acceptable for both our compost & recycle bins, which is why I made this signage up…


If you have any questions, or would like more information on these efforts, please feel free to hit the reply (to me) button and I’ll be happy to discuss it further.
As a reminder, Printing Services will be a collection point for all of your used light bulbs / batteries / printer or copier toner & ink jet cartridges so please don’t throw those into our land fill receptacles. In fact, through a partnership with T3 Office Recycling Solutions those spent cartridges earn us money to be able to purchase signage & (soon) more recycle bins for the campus.

If you haven’t done so, check out our website at to get your Green Office Program Acorn 1 certificate:


and be sure to get connected with the links below for more information as it happens and to be a part of the conversation.

…welcome back all!

ARC Earth Day 2014


April 23, 2014 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

We are very excited to present this year’s Earth Day Celebration at American River College sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Development and The ARC Green Office Program!

American River College celebrates Earth Day 2014 on Wednesday, April 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The college will offer a variety of activities throughout the day, including informational demonstrations, educational awareness, and guest organizations and partners. A highlight of the day will be a talk entitled “Climate Change Science Update, Earth Day 2014” by internationally recognized author and teacher, Robert Christopherson. Dr. Christopherson will highlight the latest global climate change science, including the dramatic changes underway in the polar regions, with recent photos and observations from his September 2013 trip to the Arctic Ocean.

This event will be held in front of the Library / new Student Center, with an e-waste recycle drop off spot in the adjoining parking lot. We’ll have alternative fuel vehicles and a ton of vendors & organizations showcasing green options.

Interested in having a booth, fill out the PARTICIPATION FORM

Save the date for this special event and feel free to click the JOIN / INVITE / LIKE / Share / re-Tweet (@SustainARC) buttons to help us get the word out.

How can you help you ask, well If you work at American River College, download your first Acorn from to certify your office as a Green Office at ARC! If you’d like to volunteer, please let us know at

You can also click the JOIN button on our Facebook page to stay updated. This event is sure to be remembered and those of us on the planning committee are very much looking forward to seeing you out there!

******ORG/VENDOR LIST******
T3 Office Recycling Solutions
Sims Recycling Solutions
Waste Management
Clean World Partners
Java City
Mohawk Paper Company
Greenwise Joint Venture
Environment CA
Glide Cruisers, USA
Park A Bike
Commerce Printing
May is Bike Month
Citizens Climate Lobby
Breathe Sacramento
Sacramento Area Creeks Council
American River Natural History Association
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Environmental Council of Sacramento
UCD Energy Efficiency Center–Western Cooling Efficiency Center; California Lighting Technology Center
Sacramento Valley Conservancy
American River Conservancy
Urban Tilth
Center for Land-Based Learning

******AND FROM ARC******
ARC Horticulture
ARC Electronics Tech
ARC Automotive
ARC Student ECOS club
ARC Natural Resources Work Experience program interns
ARC student reps from:
– Environmental Conservation certificate & degree programs
– Arcade/Kohler creek restoration project

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