Filtered by Sustainability

Energy Education Program – Saving Energy and Money

-A special message from Dr. Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President I am happy to share savings figures as a result of our Energy Education program. From September 2011 through February 2012, we have saved $407,500.  The next step is to continue working toward capturing more savings, and I have tasked our Energy Education operations manager, Patti […]

Osceola Opens Energy-Saving Chiller Plant

On Thursday, May 17, the Osceola Campus opened a new, state-of-the-art chiller plant, including three 500-ton, magnetic bearing, oil-free chillers that are 40 percent more energy efficient than standard centrifugal chillers. Photos by Jim Nelson, Air Conditioning Technician at Osceola Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are a critical part of our campus facilities, […]

Mr. Pin Man Arrives at Valencia

On Monday, May 14, Mr. Pin Man – our RecycleMania waste minimization trophy – arrived from North Lake College in Irving, Texas. “He came in on a south-bound freight train,” said Jerry Cochran, our recycling coordinator. “After Rodney Taylor and David Lawrence helped Mr. Pin Man out of his shipping container, the first thing he […]

Featured Colleague – Winsome Bennett

By Stephanie McMillen Winsome Bennett, the college’s energy conservation manager, has spent the last five years initiating and overseeing an assortment of energy-related projects. Her dedication has played a key role in cutting energy costs and helping the college become more environmentally friendly. Prior to this position, she served as a facilities project coordinator for […]

Build It and They Will Come –Electric Vehicle Charging St...

Just in time for Earth Day, Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC—The Reliable One) installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on West Campus last month. Each of these double stations is capable of recharging two EVs at a time. Two of the dual-mode stations have been installed near the Allied Health Sciences (AHS) Building, and the […]

Valencia Takes First Place in RecycleMania Waste...

Yes, we won! On Friday, April 13 the final RecycleMania statistics revealed that Valencia took first place among 180 colleges and universities across the country in the waste minimization category. “This great accomplishment shows that our college is a vanguard college that encompasses all facets of life and leads by example,” said Jerry Cochran, our […]

Employees, Students Plant 100 Trees on West Campus

On Thursday, March 29 employees and students joined together on the West Campus to plant 100 trees in celebration of Valencia being named a Tree Campus USA – a designation awarded to colleges that promote healthy urban forest management and engage their campus community in environmental stewardship. Photos by Roberto Gonzalez Clarence Canada, grounds supervisor […]

Think Before Trashing – RecycleMania Finish Line in Sight

The nation-wide RecycleMania competition is officially underway and if the preseason weeks are any indication of how well Valencia will do, then we are on our way to making a big impact. We recently completed our sixth week of the competition and our most current statistics show that Valencia is in second place among 605 […]

Featured Colleague – Robert Hickman

By Stephanie McMillen Robert Hickman currently serves as the assistant supervisor of trades and maintenance on West Campus. Prior to joining Valencia in 1995, Robert worked at The Walt Disney Company for 12 years as the inventory clerk and a recipe control clerk. While there, he was focused on finding a way to transition to […]

Spring Break Energy Shutdown – Learn from Your Colleagues

The college will be closed from Monday, March 5 through Sunday, March 11 for Spring Break, and the Office of Sustainability encourages faculty and staff to help save energy during this time. When the college is closed, the electricity is not turned off, so it is up to individuals to ensure that all electronics are […]