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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

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!


January 14, 2014 UPDATE:
We are still working toward a start date and have most of the pieces in place. The biodigester tour brought us all back to the table and the final details are being worked out. Look for more information to come soon!!


I’m happy to report that American River College will begin pre- and post-consumer composting in the Student Center Food Court with plans to begin over in our Fine & Applied Art’s Hospitality Management program as well! It’s our hope that this new service will be up and running during this coming semester.compost-signage-2050x1538

In preparation for this step, Aramark has moved into their new building and left all the Styrofoam containers in the Portable Village. What this means is that just about everything that comes out of there can either be recycled or composted. This effort will go a long way in helping us meet the regulations mandated by California Assembly Bill 341 which requires us to have a 75% diversion from land fills by 2020.



Attached you will find signage that will be going up. During the first week or so, we would like to have volunteers spend their lunch break helping students & staff to understand what can go into each of the bins—your help will go a long way in educating everyone of this important change. If you are interested in spending your lunch hour answering questions about trash, please feel free to hit the REPLY button and let us know!

Recycle reminder

I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we currently recycle:

  • Batteries
  • CFL lightbulbs
  • Toner cartridges from ink jet & laser printers / office copiers / etc…

So bring those in to Printing Services and drop them off at our counter instead of putting them in the mail or worse, in to the trash. Thanks for your time.recycle-signage-2050x1538

College Hour

The Latest in Global Climate Change Science

Thursday, April 18
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: Raef Hall 160

Facilitator: Robert Christopherson

Author and teacher Robert Christopherson highlights the latest global climate change science from the pages of his best-selling physical geography texts, including the dramatic changes underway in the Polar Regions. See recent photos and observations from expeditions with Christopherson and his nature-photographer wife, Bobbe, who have completed twelve trips to the Arctic and Antarctic regions 2003.

The scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, the latest information from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other scientific reports—weather anomalies and increasing tornadoes and hurricane intensity, ocean freshening and ocean acidification, the relation of climate change and record western wildfires, losses to the Colorado River, the Greenland and Antarctic meltdowns, the 2012 record-low sea-ice extent in the Arctic, and the latest 2013 data on atmospheric carbon dioxide (and more!) highlight his illustrated talk.