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ARC Earth Day 2014

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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 https://green.arc.losrios.edu/ to certify your office as a Green Office at ARC! If you’d like to volunteer, please let us know at ARCStudentLeadership@arc.losrios.edu.

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
CocoAbsorb
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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CleanWorld’s Bio-Digester tour with Waste Management

Article written by Cecilia Baldwin
Photography by Don Reid
ARC visits the biodigesterSACRAMENTO, Calif. – The nation’s first commercial anaerobic biodigester designed by a UC Davis professor is drawing local and global attention for uniting ecology with economy and promoting environmental stewardship.
Ruihong Zhang, a UC Davis professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has been working on the biodigester system for a decade with a pilot stage that began in 2006 on the UC Davis campus.

Zhang’s anaerobic digester technology uses natural microbes to break down organic waste and in the process generates biogas and other forms of renewable energy such as heat, electricity, natural gas, and fertilizer.

ARC visits the biodigester

The biodigester was completed on a commercial scale in April 2012 after CleanWorld Partners obtained exclusive licensing of the technology from UC Davis and implemented the system at American River Packaging; establishing proof of concept for the Sacramento South Area Transfer Station biodigester construction.

California has three biodigesters; the UC Davis campus where it produces electricity for the university, a second at the American River Packaging in Natomas which produces its own electricity and a third location at the Sacramento South Area Transfer Station.

CleanWorld Partners were awarded the International Bioenergy Project of the Year Award on Dec. 5 and were among the 13 organizations that were recognized last Wednesday with the 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s highest environmental honor.

ARC visits the biodigesterCleanWorld also received the “Energy Vision’s Leadership Award” for its renewable transportation fuel production and the “Game Changer of the Year Award” for job creation and economic growth efforts.

The Transfer Station’s biodigester is the largest of the three and processes an average of 25 tons a day of mixed corrugated and food waste product from the surrounding Sacramento area.ARC visits the biodigester

According to Katie Oliver, an environmental engineer for CleanWorld Partners, once the expansion is complete they expect to quadruple those numbers preventing 100 tons of food waste a day from going into local landfills resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions in Sacramento.

Organic waste is collected from local restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, hotels and food processing companies to be converted into renewable energy; even big box companies like Costco, Campbell’s and Target use the facility to dispose and process their pre-consumer waste.ARC visits the biodigester

The station’s biodigester provides clean fuel to the adjacent CNG Fueling Station operated by Atlas Disposal; the fuel is then used to power waste disposal vehicles, school buses and other fleet vehicles.

CleanWorld was awarded $6 million for the biodigester’s expansion in June 2012 through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Award that was created by Assembly Bill 118.

Once the system is upgraded, “the biodigester will produce 700,000 diesel gallons per year of renewable CNG and prevent the release of 18,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere,” said the CEO of CleanWorld Partners, Michele Wong in a press release.

The station also “produces 8 million gallons a year of organic soils and fertilizer products for Sacramento area farms and agriculture and generates a million kilowatts of electricity to be used to power the facility and the adjacent Fueling Station,” said Michele.

“The fueling station produces the only commercially available fuel that has negative carbon intensity in the US, meaning it destroys more carbon than it creates,” said Katie.

According to Katie, the City of Sacramento is saving $1 million a year by switching from diesel to the biodigester’s transportation quality methane fuel and the remaining solid waste from the system is separated out and shipped to Davis where it becomes fertilizer sold under the brand name Ecoscraps.

ARC visits the biodigester

LRCCD’s new Chancellor, Dr. Brian King

I’d like to take a moment to give a big welcome to our new chancellor, Dr. Brian King from Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. In looking into the progress made on sustainability efforts under his leadership, I am very pleased to see that he is a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) agreement, which signals leadership on sustainability during his tenure there. In looking through Cabrillo’s GreenSteps website, it looks as though they have several things worth bringing to not only American River College, but to the entire the Los Rios Community College District.

It’s my hope that we’ll be able to begin developing Sustainability Committees across Los Rios similar to Cosumnes River College’s Sustainability Committee, or as Citrus College’s as outlined by the California Community College State Chancellor’s office so that we can begin working on climate action plans and meeting AB32 requirements.

Other highlights I came across on Cabrillo’s GreenSteps site include:

Because of Dr. King’s background; the strong student support we are beginning to see; the roadmap to a Sustainability Committee from the State Chancellor’s Office; the addition of sustainability language in our District Strategic Plan Goals / ARC Focus Areas (see 5.5); and our Vision, Mission & Values statement, I believe the opportunity for working

together towards a stronger green presence for all of Los Rios is upon us!

Wishing Bags: A Temporary Art Project on ARC Campus

ARC Sustainability, ArtNewMedia 331 class and ArtNewMedia 410 class have collaboratively created a temporary public art project to promote the concept of “sustainability” on American River College campus.  American River College faculty member, Jiayi Young’s Artnm 410 class, has been working with Don Reid of ARC Sustainability to redesign green.arc.losrios.edu web site and downloadable posters to promote more green efforts to take place on campus. With this public art project, we are hoping to:

  • Announce the new green.arc.losios.edu web site
  • Get more faculty and staff to participate in the ARC Acorn Games for greener offices
  • Increase awareness of green practice in our daily lives

Artwork Design & Installation Process
The artwork will utilize thousands of used white grocery bags. The bags will be strung together in rows between the trees like lanterns. Since the bags are very light, they will naturally take in wind/breeze, quietly swing in the air. The overall installation will resemble “Wish Flags” which embodies rich tradition cross-culturally. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate by bringing and hanging their own bags on the day of installation.

The design and installation of the artwork will be managed and guided by Don Reid, Jiayi Young and Dolores White (Art Dept IA), and created by a group of Jiayi Young’s students on Friday December 14, 2012.

Site Description
The artwork will be installed in the large lawn area between the Fine & Applied Arts Theatre and the Administration buildings.

Experiment and photos by Stacy Bernstein, student from artnm410

Case study for Social Networking: Amending CA Ed Code

Quierra Robey, President of the ARC Student Senate is currently working on an amendment to California Ed Code. If successful, students enrolling in CA Community Colleges will for the first time be able to donate to a Green Fund—much like they have in place at many of the UC & CSU institutions. If you have any experience in these matters, she would appreciate some sage advice.

Ms. Robey’s efforts here are inspiring to say the least, and so I’d like to talk a little bit about how this came to be. Over the summer, I attended the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at UC Davis. This conference had us attending several days of back to back classes and field trips to see projects & practices from other campuses across our state. The last day was the student convergence where we got to hear about many of the student run projects. One that stood out for me was the UCSB Student Compost Pilot Program—click that hyperlink to read more about that amazing project. Continue reading Case study for Social Networking: Amending CA Ed Code