Category Archives: Los Rios

2018 Spring Convocation

As you may have heard, this coming Spring Convocation will be a district-wide one held here at American River College. In discussing this event at our recent Sustainability Summit, representatives from each of our four colleges talked about the possibility of making this a Zero Waste event.

In an effort to pull that monumental task off,  we were able to purchase ten portable recycle stations from ClearStream Recycling, Inc. and Cosumnes River College was able to purchase 15 which we are hoping to borrow for the day. Here is a photo of these things at a recent California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) I was able to attend at UC Santa Barbara…

This month, we’ll be working with the folks over in Aramark to come up with signage to make it clear to all of our guests as to what goes where, and we’ll be having a waste audit once it’s all wrapped up to see how we did.

This Zero Waste goal is a big one, and one we won’t be able to pull off without YOUR help. Please keep this in mind as you dispose of your trash and separate your waste! For more information about where your waste goes, be sure to check out the ARC Operations webpage or by contacting me directly at ReidD@arc.losrios.edu.

Don Reid, Supervisor Printing Services

ARC Sustainability Committee, Chair
ARC Green Office Committee, Chair
ARC Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Chair
ARC Buildings Grounds & Safety Committee, Campus Sustainability Representative
CHESC Steering Committee, representing CA Community Colleges

Tree Campus USA designation

 

We are working on wrapping up this year’s application for our Tree Campus USA designation and I wanted to share with everyone our 2017 campus tree care plan which outlines all of the good work our committee has accomplished this year.

I also wanted to share a little progress report on our geo-tagged tree inventory. This year, we nearly completed the ID process of the more than 1,400 trees here in our urban forest, as you can see from the map below:

Click here to see it live on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/T27vbD

During the first year, we had a group of people go around and add a red mark on this Google Map and as our staff id’d them, they turned the red dot into a little tree icon. As you can see, we still have some work to do over there in Horticulture, so if anyone is interested in taking on that end of campus, please feel free to reach out to green@arc.losrios.edu.

The next phase of this project will be to edit each of these little green tree icons with a full description of the tree:

  • The location of the tree
  • The name of the tree species and/or abbreviation
  • Some kind of generic (Wikipedia?) description & link for more information about

 

  • The diameter of the tree’s trunk
  • The condition of the tree (good, fair, poor, dead/dying)
  • Any trees that require urgent pruning or removal
  • Any tree that requires maintenance in a timely fashion
  • The location and quality of potential planting sites for new trees
  • Potential constraints on planting spaces such as utility wires and narrow tree lawns
  • The location and extent of tree damage to sidewalks and curbs

Our tree inventory has been a lot of work, but now that we are deep in to it, we are finding all kinds of uses for it. If you’d like to participate in this project, please get in touch with us at green@arc.losrios.edu.

If you are interested in acquiring a Tree Campus USA designation at your school, check out the US Arbor Day Foundation webpage for more information:

 

 

 

4th annual Los Rios Sustainability Summit // Zero Waste

If you would like solid answers to questions like,                     .
“why do we need to pay attention to recycling [diverting]?”
this summit will offer the training you’ve been looking for!

This year at our Fall Convocation, President Thomas Greene stated that he would like ARC to be Zero Waste campus by 2025. Knowing how much work that is, I thought it would be a good idea to make it the theme of our 4th annual district-wide Sustainability Summit to give some solid information & training as well as share the Zero Waste concepts as they relate to us.

I was able to attend a recent CA Green Summit downtown at the convention center where I saw a presentation from CalRecycle that focused on diverting food waste. They discussed recent legislation as well as stats and data on how businesses are doing around our state. Making greener choices in the packaging we use, and in the options available for discarding trash are key here in running a successful zero waste program, and so I am pleased to invite you all to hear from experts in this field to give us this much-needed training.

4th Annual
Los Rios Community College District
Sustainability Summit 2017

December 1, 2017
Raef Hall 160
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

A G E N D A

Introductions & updates from the sustainability reps of SCC, CRC, FLC

Don Reidpresentation about the partnership of our
Student Senate & ARC Administration on the purchasing our new recycle stations

John Duke & Joseph Rasmussen from CalRecycle to discuss recent legislation & share
why it’s important to recycle & divert food waste

Rich Brown from BERC who provides education and performs outreach through workshops for businesses and communities regarding environmental compliance and sustainability.

Jenna Abbott from California Resource Recovery Association to talk about zero-waste concepts, as well as the certifications they offer that you can get covered with professional development funding

Questions & Answers.

 

Again, this is a district-wide event open to everyone interested. If you have been wanting to get more involved in the sustainability efforts of your campus, this would be a great way to get plugged in as representatives from the sustainability committees from all of our colleges will be here. I hope you can make it—help & involvement is needed on every one of our colleges with these efforts, for sure—especially here at ARC!

For those of you who still need Flex hours for the Fall semester,
this will be a great way to get those hours!
This event meets State PD Guideline B, ARC Strategic Goal 4, & ISOL 6.
We’ll have a sign in sheet available on the day of as you walk in the door.

This is a zero-waste event. Please consider choosing to bring in your reusable water bottle which can be filled at one of our new filtered water bottle refill stations in Davies Hall (first floor on the east & west sides).

 

Don Reid, ARC Printing Services Supervisor

ARC Sustainability Committee, Chair
ARC Green Office Committee, Chair
ARC Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Chair
ARC Buildings Grounds & Safety Committee, Campus Sustainability Representative
CHESC Steering Committee member

Welcome to Earth Week at ARC!

This Wednesday, we celebrated Earth Day out in front of the Student Center / College Bookstore quad area and I wanted to highlight a few things we had going on for you to check out.

Our theme this year is RECYCLING and we had our student Art Club & student ECOS Club out there creating new recycle signage to go on either side of the Servery portion of the cafeteria that will hopefully make it very clear as to what goes where. They are using wood that we were able to salvage from the folks over in the Theater Department, so recycled wood for our recycle signage ftw!

A good thing to keep in mind about our trash:

Everything that leaves our campus goes on to a scale,
it’s our goal to get that stuff on to the cheaper end of that scale.

Food waste from Aramark & the Hospitality Management Program, campus recycling and green waste (landscape trimmings) are some of the directions we are trying to divert trash but we desperately need YOUR help by separating your waste correctly, modeling that to others, and encouraging the use of less stuff.

By law (#AB341), our campus needs to be at 75% diversion from the land fill stream by 2020, and right now we are at around 40% campus wide. Bottom line, we need to be capturing more of our recyclable content and creating less waste. You may have noticed the new blue & black Max-R recycle stations that went into the Eatery portion of the Cafeteria last month—special thanks to our Administration on this investment as it will go a long way in moving some of that waste away from the land fill.

We had a number of wonderful vendors that brought things like DC Solar. They brought two of their solar powered trailers that come configured as

  1. car charging stations; or as
  2. picnic benches with outlets for students to work at & charge their electronic devices; or as
  3. LED light towers to illuminate the dark corners or our parking lots.

If all goes well, we may get to put one or two on our campus very soon! To see photos of these trailers, check out our Facebook photo gallery where they came to visit us, or where I went to visit them as they launched an install at Mills College.

We’ll also planted a tree with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and our Grounds Department as in celebration of Arbor Day & our official designation as a Tree Campus USA by the U.S. Arbor Day Foundation!

Below are some photos, and you can find the rest on our Facebook page over at facebook.com/SustainARC: Photo gallery from #ARCEarthDay 2017

#PROTIP: Consider bringing your own coffee cup or refillable water bottle to Convocation, or other catered meetings/events—or, encouraging others to do so at yours. Those Starbucks cups are not recyclable or compostable.

Sustainability report given to the Los Rios Board of Directors

sustainability los riosTo see this 15 page PDF, scan this QR-Code with your smartphone, or follow this link:

In April, this report was given to the Los Rios Board of Directors. Click on the link below and you’ll find quite a number of efforts happening across our 4-college district. Did you know that every new building is built to LEED Silver specification? And that we have 2 LEED buildings with a 3rd coming soon?

From this report:

  • “The District is committed to the US Green Building Council’s LEED standards. While we have only officially certified two buildings – the CRC Winn Center (LEED Platinum) and the Davis Center Phase 1 (LEED Silver), and are in the process of certifying a third (the Davis Center Phase 2 (LEED Silver) – because of the high cost associated with “official” LEED certification, we have required all our new facilities be designed and built to LEED Silver equivalency. In order to achieve this, we require our design teams to demonstrate that they have achieved the Silver level by scoring between 50 to 59 points on the LEED certification checklist shown below.”

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There is a lot of information in this report that might be of interest to you, so please take a moment to read it over and share it with others. What did you find in it that you weren’t aware of? What did you find that you have questions about?