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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:

 

 

 

Update on our Elkay filtered water bottle refill stations

I went out to the SRPSTC yesterday and was shown their new retrofitted Elkay filtered water bottle refill station! They had a couple questions, and so I wanted to share the answers with everyone.

  • Are these filtering the water and if so, what is filtered out?
    The Elkay filter used in the bottle filling stations reduces aesthetic chlorine, taste & odor, particulate class I, and lead.
  • How do we get the filter replaced when it’s required?
    Fill out a Maintenance Order request using the Maintenance Connection website, or send an email to green@arc.losrios.edu (or to me directly)
  • The filter status light on our unit is out…what’s up with that?

Our Facilities Department has done a cool thing. They have moved the filter down from the water bottle filler to lower in the line so that the drinking water from the whole unit is filtered as well. Because of this adjustment of the filter location, the filter light is no longer in the path of being monitored by the lights. Bottom line, if there is a stream of water coming out, then the water is filtered. As the filter becomes spent, the stream of water coming out will get thinner and thinner, but it will still be filtered. If you notice the stream getting thinner, please feel free to put a workorder in to the Maintenance Connection website (or an email directly to me) to get it replaced.

Some staggering numbers based on what I pulled from the machines today…and a calculator on the Elkay website:

  • Bottles not purchased since installs began as of today: 332,826
  • Cost per bottle at vending machines: $1.75
  • Total savings for our students/staff/faculty if each of these were purchased in our vending machines: $582,445.50
  • Pounds of plastic waste not being disposed of: 13,868 pounds!!!!

Here are the numbers and locations of our existing machines, and future plans/hopes/dreams. We’ll be reaching the end of the money that was donated by our Associated Student Senate for these units, but will make every effort to move forward on Phase 3 as far as the remainder of their $20,000 will go.

Again, I want to send a HUGE thank you to the Student Senate for the gift of delicious clean pure drinking water that I know I personally enjoy every single day. If you do the Facebook thing, consider giving them a big ARC thanks & LIKE on their Facebook page, or even a quick note on paper. You can send it to the Center for Leadership & Development…I’m certain it would be well received.

P.S.
While I have your attention, I’d also like to make sure everyone knows about our Toner/Light Bulb/Battery Recycle Program—please please please bring these items to one of the many drop off places around our campus. If you are unsure of where that is, just send them to Printing Services. These items should ALWAYS be diverted from our land fill stream of waste. It needs to be EVERYONE’s job to help divert as much as we can from landfills if we are to meet AB341 diversion requirements which require that by 2020 we are diverting 75% from that waste stream. We are currently at around 40% (+/-), fyi.

Thank you all for your support in these efforts.

Don Reid, Supervisor Printing Services

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

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

Green Offices at American River College

The goal of this website is to offer practical, American River College-wide tips and resources for greening your office as well as a place to keep informed of what others on our campus are doing. Thank you for taking the time to see what you can do as it is only with YOUR help that this program will have any success. Please participate in the conversations by commenting, liking, sharing, google+1, tweeting and including us into whatever streams of conversation you participate in as we can use your help in spreading the word.

I gave this Prezi.com presentation to American River College’s Buildings Grounds & Safety Committee (BGS) & Cosumnes River College’s Sustainability Committee in the beginning of December and it was well received at both places. In fact, our BGS Committee gave me the green light on getting it Continue reading Green Offices at American River College