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!

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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.

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Recycling…

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!

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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