Volunteer to Lead Recycling Efforts at ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2

CPCC is leading the tailgate recycling efforts this Saturday, Dec. 2, for the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Volunteers will distribute recycling bags to tailgaters and encourage recycling! Volunteering starts at 4 p.m., and lasts until 6 p.m. Meet at Mecklenburg County LUESA – 2145 Suttle Ave, Charlotte, NC. Please contact David Valder at david.valder@cpcc.edu if you’d like to join the volunteer team!

Printing Sustainably is “GREEN”

It’s EASY! printing sustainabilyMaking print setting changes only takes a couple of clicks. 

Here are some simple measures to make your printing more sustainable: 

  • Print ONLY when necessary — ask yourself: “Do I REALLY need that copy?”
  • Don’t print meeting agendas — send them electronically and include in your slide or PowerPoint presentation
  • Print in duplex mode — printing on both sides of the paper uses HALF AS MUCH paper
  • Print in “grayscale”, “eco”, or “draft” mode
  • Print in color only when necessary
  • Use Century Gothic font — it uses less toner or ink
  • Don’t use background stationary in emails – it uses a lot more toner/ink, and, in fact, is not in compliance with CPCC email standards
  • Re-use the backside of printed pages that would otherwise go in the recycle bin
  • Avoid multi- or duplicate prints — proofread and spell check on screen prior to printing
  • Send documents electronically whenever possible
  • Delete unnecessary internet graphics prior to printing, change to smaller font sizes and don’t print in bold
  • Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document
  • Post documents on Blackboard and other shared college electronic sites instead of printing and distributing

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!

If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability, at 704.330.6079.

 

CPCC Wins First Place in Energy Category at Sustain Charlotte Event

On April 23, 2016 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte hosted their 5th annual celebration of sustainability leadership. On hundred nominees representing a diverse cross section of Charlotte area businesses, nonprofits, Sustain Charlotte Awardneighborhood organizations, government agencies and residents were recognized.
CPCC won FIRST PLACE in the Energy category due to aggressively reducing its energy consumption by 15 percent since 2006 while increasing its square footage by more than 33 percent. CPCC continually drives energy reduction opportunities in its renovation and new construction projects to better serve the Charlotte learning community.
Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come. (http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/)
The link to the awards press release is http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/2016energy.
The CPCC Director of Energy and Sustainability Pam Metcalf is engaged in sustainability and energy efficiency. If you have suggestions, they can be emailed toPamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

Marker Recycling Program is Working!

Facilities Services and the CPCC Senators have rolled out a program for recycling used markers of all types (dry erase for white boards, sharpies, highlighters, magic markers, felt tip markers/pens).

markersWe ask that you identify a convenient, centrally-located collection point (copier or break room, touch-down office, etc. or even on the white board marker tray itself) then use a small box with a simple label:

“Recycle Used Markers Here”

Contact Pam Metcalf pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu  or Your CPCC Senator http://www.cpcc.edu/senate/senators when the box is full.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Alison Gagan at ext. 6968) or Pam Metcalf at ext. 6079.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Sustainable at CPCC

CPCC did not win an Oscar this year, but in 2015, it did win three awards for being sustainable. Academy awards sustainability

You can view the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUwNpkZxOk4

To help CPCC be even more GREEN and save ENERGY in 2016:

  • Let’s do a BIG SHORT on energy costs
  • Turn off the SPOTLIGHT when you leave your ROOM
  • Turn off computers and monitors so they are not a BRIDGE of SPIES to your data
  • MAD MAX does not like high energy bills

CPCC FACILITIES SERVICES IS COMMITTED TO SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!

If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of energy and sustainability at 704.330.6079.

 

 

 

CPCC Recycling Updates

 

GCA Services is committed to increasing CPCC’s recycling and waste diversion rate. They recently held a recycling poster contest for their housekeeping staff and distributed personally written recycling messages to building Dual waste-recycle basketsoccupants where their staff works.  Continue to watch for more great things from GCA housekeeping staff in the future.

Some facts about CPCC’s COLOR – CODED  RECYCLING:

  • GCA housekeeping staff uses color-coded collection bags to separate trash from recycling.
  • Recycling baskets usually do not have liners because they are not recyclable.

RECYCLING RECEPTACLE                TRASH RECEPTACLE

RECEPTACLE COLOR            blue                             usually tan or black

PLASTIC LINER                       none                            black

GCA COLLECTION BAG        clear                            black

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY!

Thank you all for your recycling – CPCC has doubled its waste diversion in the past three years.

If you have any questions-comments-suggestions, contact Pam Metcalf, CPCC director of Energy and Sustainability, at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu or at ext. 6079.

Temperatures at CPCC

CPCC’s temperature standards are 74F in the summer and 70F in the winter.weather transitions + temps

As we are approaching the transition from winter to spring, there may be fluctuations in your work area. You are free to bring a personal fan to CPCC if you are warm, but electric space heaters are not allowed except for medical reasons. 

CPCC FACILITIES SERVICES IS COMMITTED TO SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!

If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability at 704.330.6079.

CPCC is Reducing its Energy Consumption

CPCC has reduced its energy consumption 15% since 2006 while at the same time, the square footage of the college has grown by 33%. NC-new state of energy Let’s get EXCITED and keep up the GREAT WORK! CPCC IS COMMITTED TO RECYCLING, SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY! CPCC’s Director of Energy and Sustainability, Pamela Metcalf, is engaged in facilities efficiency, sustainability and energy awareness.  If you have suggestions, they can be emailed to Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.  

First Meeting of CPCC’s New EARTH Club!

EARTH CLUB is  an outdoor exploration club with the goal to inspire and appreciate interests in sustainability and the environment. Join us to learn more about the club and enjoy an organic Pizza Party on February 23 at 5 p.m. in the Sustainability Lab, fourth floor of the Elizabeth Classroom Building.

Please contact Amanda Wilkinson for details at awilkin6@email.cpcc.edu.

What Kind of a World Do You Want Your Children and Grandchildren to Inherit?

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.landfills

Top 10 reasons to recycle:

  1. Good for our economy
  2. Creates jobs
  3. Reduces waste
  4. Good for the environment
  5. Saves energy
  6. Preserves landfill space
  7. Prevents global warming
  8. Reduces water pollution
  9. Protects wildlife
  10. Creates new demand

References:

http://www.starkstate.edu/green/reasons-to-recycle

https://ecocycle.org/files/pdfs/EcoCycleTenReasons.pdf

https://enlightenme.com/top-10-recycle/

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO RECYCLING, SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!

CPCC’s Director of Energy and Sustainability, Pamela Metcalf, is engaged in facilities efficiency, sustainability and energy awareness.  If you have suggestions, they can be emailed to Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

CPCC Wins The Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks Council’s 2015 Wells Fargo Green Award

CPCC is The Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks Council’s  2015 Wells Fargo Green Awards winner in the large business category. Wells Fargo Green award

This award “….recognizes companies that have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices into their products, services, and within the culture of their company. We believe the experiences shared and benefits realized by these Charlotte area businesses have the power to inspire other area businesses to do the same.”

The whimsical trophy pictured here is hand blown glass by a Weaverville, N.C., artist and is on display at Facilities Services.

http://charlottechamber.com/greenworks-program/wells-fargo-green-awards/

CPCC has almost doubled its waste diversion rate in the past three years. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

CPCCs Director of Energy and Sustainability, Pamela Metcalf, is engaged in facilities efficiency and energy awareness.  If you have suggestions, they can be emailed to Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

Vote for CPCC to Win the Charlotte Chamber Wells Fargo Green Award!

Please vote today for CPCC to Win the Charlotte Chamber Wells Fargo Green Award!

The online vote is here! Please send the link below to as many contacts as you can. The link and online voting goes live now through Friday, October 23.
CPCC was recently notified that it was one of three finalists in the large company category for the Charlotte Chamber Wells Fargo Green award.  Four topics were the subject of the jury’s review:
  1. Recycling: CPCC has almost DOUBLED its recycling rate in three years – from 20.9% to 38.9%.  Great job, all!
  2. Energy and Water Conservation: Over the past year, CPCC’s electricity consumption dropped 12% and gas consumption dropped 33%.
  3. Sustainability & Renewable Energy Use:
  • Solar thermal system for hot water at Van Every Culinary
  • Solar PV lights at the Harris Campus and Disher parking lot
  • Solar PV on Elizabeth Classroom for STEMS program and Duke Energy grid tie-in
  • Solar PV USB chargers on the Central Campus quad and at Levine Campus
  • Electric car charger in SD3 and Cato Campus
  • Cistern for irrigation and rain garden at Van Every Culinary
  • Wildlife habitats at all campuses
  • Green wall at SD3

      4. Future!

  • LED lights in all new construction and renovation projects
  • Ice storage for Levine 3
  • Solar PV at Levine 3
  • Electric car charging stations at all campuses
  • Green roof on Pease Auditorium
The final phase in the competition is on-line voting, similar to American Idol, so we NEED YOUR HELP!

Sustain Charlotte Honors CPCC

On April 22 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte hosted their 4th annual celebration of sustainability leadership. 100 nominees representing a diverse cross section of Charlotte area businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, government agencies, and residents were recognized. Sustainability

CPCC won FIRST PLACE in the Waste Reduction category due to its increase in recycling and its new food waste collection program.

CONGRATULATIONS CPCC! Keep up the good work!

Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come. http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/

The link to the awards press release is: http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/release_sustain_charlotte_announces_winners_of_2015_awards?utm_campaign=winners_announc&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sustaincharlotte

The CPCC Director of Energy and Sustainability Pam Metcalf, is engaged in sustainability and energy efficiency.  If you have suggestions, they can be emailed to Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu