Buildings

Buildings

Specific short-term goals identified in MxCC’s Climate Action Plan, 2015-2016:

ActionMeasurementAchievabilityStatus
Track energy usage of each building. Make improvements as needed.Install individual meters.ANTwo direct digital building automation systems are now in use across campus, monitoring heating and cooling levels in all main buildings.

Time clocks on vending machines in one building have been installed for plug load control, computers are now shut down nightly, and all emergency lighting has been converted to LED. We are currently replacing exterior building and campus parking lot lighting with LED solutions.

In the spring of 2016, MxCC completed a retrofit of the Chemistry Lab located in Wheaton Hall.  Within the scope of this project all fume hoods were replaced with higher efficiency units, all lighting was replaced with dimmable LED units and new electric and gas lines were installed to all lab tables.

Upgrade HVAC system.Installation of variable frequency drives.AIIEnergy Service Request approved – work to be completed in 2016 – complete HVAC cooling and heating system.
Retro-commission each building every 3-5 years to ensure building is functioning properly and efficiently.Energy Audit that will identify cost savings.AARFirst system-level Energy Audit has been conducted in 2016.

 

Better regulation of daily temperature within buildings.Less fluctuation of inside building temperature.ANBoilers and chillers for the system have been upgraded (2016). Chapman Hall is not part of this because it is on a different building automation system.
Look into staff earning green professional (GPro) operations and maintenance credential (gpro.org). Staff earning credential. AN Steve Chester – Spring 2015.
Keep up with weatherization.Reduction in energy usage AN Envelope project (including reseating the glazing, replacing the roof, and window resealing) for Chapman Hall began in 2016.
Modulate boilers where appropriate.Reduction in energy usage ANRoutine preventive maintenance conducted on all boilers and chillers.
Ensure all ducts are properly sealed.Reduction in energy usage ANDuct analysis found mold in Chapman Hall – remediation completed Summer 2014. Not applicable for other three buildings because cooling and heating done through the wall units.

* Achievable now (AN), achievable with additional resources (AAR), achievable through policy changes (APC), achievable through institutional investment (AII)

Grounds

 

Grounds

Specific short-term goals identified in MxCC’s Climate Action Plan, 2015-2016:

ActionMeasurementAchievabilityStatus
Continue to expand the application of low mow grassPercentage reduction in lawn area needing periodic mowingAIICurrently applied to Circle and around the Pavilion. (as of Spring 2016)
Continued expansion of meadows and gardensPercentage reduction in lawn area needing periodic mowing AIIWill consider as projects present themselves. In 2015, a Veteran’s Garden was created outside Chapman Hall. In 2016, the Herb Garden was expanded to connect up with the entrance to Founders Hall.
Replace trees removed due to diseaseNumber of trees replaced AII The Presidential Grove is expanded each year.
Identify and use snow melt alternativePercentage reduction in the use of sodium chloride AII

* Achievable now (AN), achievable with additional resources (AAR), achievable through policy changes (APC), achievable through institutional investment (AII)

Sustainable Landscaping

Invasive Plants

Specific short-term goals identified in MxCC’s Climate Action Plan, 2015-2016:

ActionMeasurementAchievabilityStatus
Improve use of walking trails around campus, including creation of a trail map.Increased foot traffic on trails and make more of the trail accessible (observation)AN, AIIEnvironmental students have scheduled trail clean-up days.
Continued removal of invasive plants on campus and replace with native onesReduction in invasive plants present on our campus
Various workdays (SEAS, faculty/staff, community)
 AAR, AIIVolunteers have been removing invasive plants on trail work days. Currently not enough college resources.
Work with City of Middletown to connect designated hiking and biking routes (Mattabesett section of the Blue Trail System). Offer secure parking, bike racks, outhouse, and water facilities (compostable toilet with possible solar power to pump water).Increased number of bikes on campus and use of local trails (observation) AN
 Pursue collaboration between Meriden’s existing gardening club and the work of the environmental club (SEAS) in MiddletownCollaborative projects between SEAS and gardening club AN Not achievable as SEAS is no longer in existence.
Educate the college and outside community on local wildlife habitatDevelopment of new workshops AAR
Identify debris and other waste dumps on campus.Creation of an inventory and develop a plan for remediationAAR In the lower northern section of the campus, there is an area where tree limbs, hedge clippings, brush, and stumps are dumped. All other construction and rubble are removed from Campus via rented dumpsters.
Increase awareness of Sustainable Landscape projects on our campusContinue to include signage and expand information on our website to include each new siteAIIOur revitalized website can be used as a vehicle for this communication.
Create a Presidential permaculture orchardContinued expansion of current space to include a tree each year and accompanying underplantingsAIIIn progress.
Plant and maintain perennial wildflower meadow behind Founder’s HallMeadow seeded, maintained, path delineated, research conductedAAR, AII
Expand Demonstration Garden to be a Community GardenNumber of plots tended expandedAAR, AII
Incorporate environmental art into campus landscapeCollection of materials for use in art classes. Production of environmental art in appropriate art classes. Environmental art incorporated into campus landscape. Partnerships with groups such as the Jonah Center are forged to support these activities.AAR, APC, AII
Seek funding to increase campus/surroundings research and collaboration with other local educational institutions including vo-ag, COE at Wesleyan, and MHS as well as the Nature Conservancy and Middlesex Land TrustFunds secured and partnerships forged. Shared tools and equipment with partners expanded.AAR, AII
Sustainable landscaping projects identified in the original plan by Nancy Ballek and others in the Paulien & Associates, Inc. Master Plan continue to be implementedThe college as well as individual staff and faculty seek funding and support for implementation of identified sustainable landscaping projectsAAR, AII
Webpages on Sustainable Landscaping updated as projects and policies are completed Information on the website remains current on sustainable landscaping on campus AAR, AIINew website can be updated easily by some committee members
Sustainable Landscaping principles are adopted and implemented in maintenance of our campus The college takes on full responsibility for all landscaping projects and the maintenance of those already in placeAN, AAR, APC, AII

* Achievable now (AN), achievable with additional resources (AAR), achievable through policy changes (APC), achievable through institutional investment (AII)

Our  sustainable landscaping is a shining example of MxCC’s commitment to sustainability. Nancy Ballek Mackinnon, a partner in Ballek’s Garden Center in East Haddam, met with the Sustainability Team and other staff of the college, and created designs for the Community/Demonstration Garden, the Human Equity Garden, four rain gardens (one of which is planted outside of Founders Hall), an intentional meadow, plantings surround the approach and signage to the college, and other spaces on campus.

Air and Climate

Specific short-term goals identified in MxCC’s Climate Action Plan, 2015-2016:

ActionMeasurementAchievabilityStatus
Become a part of TREE Campus USA and plant trees annuallyThe reduction in GHG emissions from forest sequestrationAPC The Presidential Grove is expanded each year.  Have yet to investigate “TREE Campus USA”.
Keep an updated GHG inventoryClean Air-cool planet carbon calculator AN The Institute for Sustainable Energy continues to support us in developing this report.
Use only green cleaning products /reduce use of volatile organic compounds, which can be found in paint, cleaning, and disinfecting products.Use of only green cleaning and other products. ANThis is built into the cleaning service’s contract – they are green-certified. All college-provided cleaning supplies are green cleaning products. As for paint, we use only Sherman-Williams and have minimized our color options.
Install high efficiency air filters where necessary to reduce allergies and asthma.Installation of air filters AN A maintenance schedule for air filters has been established.

* Achievable now (AN), achievable with additional resources (AAR), achievable through policy changes (APC), achievable through institutional investment (AII)