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Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the quality of life for future generations.
The following is a partial list of water and land projects completed by Harford Community College over the past several years.
Edgewood Hall opened in January of this year, this building houses the College’s Continuing Education programs. The project is pursuing “LEED” certification from the United States Green Building Association. This building is the first on campus whose entire lighting system is from LED fixtures. Changing to these bulbs has reduced the buildings lighting energy consumption by 50%. The building also has low flow and flush water fixtures, energy efficient heating and cooling systems and a state of the art building energy management system. The project also incorporated ‘Pervious Concrete” to help reduce storm water runoff.
Most people don’t think about it but the College changes hundreds of light bulbs per year. Some of these bulbs contain harmful chemicals that should never enter the environment. To reduce possible environmental contamination the College has purchased and installed a “Bulb Eater” that crunches up the bulbs and compacts them into a sealed drum that a recycling contractor picks up.
A “Wye Oak” seedling was planted adjacent to the pond behind A-Lot. This is a direct offspring of Maryland's historic Wye Oak. The two-year old seedling is a certified descendant of the Wye Oak which was raised at Maryland's John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery from acorns collected from an original Wye Oak offspring.
The last stream crossing bridge is under construction on the West Campus. This is the final major piece of work needed to connect the West campus Trail system to the College’s trail system. Work was completed by community volunteers.
Towson University was awarded LEED silver certification by the United States Green Building Council. This certification recognizes that the building was constructed using Sustainable principles meeting very stringent requirements establish by the USGBC.
Dozens of campus-wide walkway and parking lot lights were replaced with the latest generation of LED lighting. This will greatly reduce energy consumption and improve on public safety. These fixtures also meet the full cutoff requirement the College established to prevent light pollution
Trees were planted throughout the campus to help reduce a process identified as “Heat Island Effect”. This is the overheating of manmade surfaces such as buildings and parking lots by the sun. This process results in additional energy being needed for buildings and harms the eco-systems. Over time the trees will create shade to help reduce this effect.
Storm Water Management Pond enhancements were undertaken to help reduce stream erosion due to excessive rain runoff. Dry Wells were constructed at the Early Learning Center, Harford Sports Complex and Edgewood Hall. These devices consist of large holes in the ground filled with stone that rain water is piped to. The water is then slowly released to recharge the water table.
A new foot bridge was constructed on the West Campus trail system. It is located behind the Towson University Building. This bridge, located over a stream was constructed by community volunteers which will dramatically increase the length of trails and allow for eventual connection to the Main campus trail system
The College installed a new Solar Powered entrance sign that identifies the new Towson Building and West Campus. It is located at entrance seven. The project consisted of four 130 watt panels powering an LED lit sign.
Darlington Hall, which opened in 2014 as the college’s new Allied and Health building came with a litany of sustainable and energy efficient components. The exterior envelope of the building and its roof were constructed using above average insulation greatly reducing heat loss and gain which reduces the energy needed to heat and cool the building. The building’s roof is covered with a white highly reflective membrane to reduce heat gain thus reducing air-conditioning cost. Solar shades were added above exterior windows to reduce heat gain from the sun.
A state of the art energy management system was installed to monitor and control the various mechanical systems to insure energy is used efficiently. Energy efficient condensing boilers, low flow and flush water fixtures, motion sensors for lighting, LED site lighting using full cut-off fixtures and the use of sustainable building products are just some of the initiatives incorporated into this building.
The College installed over 3,000 240 watt solar panels on the roofs of four buildings, Chesapeake, Student Center, Joppa Hall and the Arena. This system will produce 940,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy that will greatly reduce the Colleges reliance on using fossil fuels to generate electricity for the next twenty-plus years. This system came at no cost to the college and was negotiated through a power purchase agreement.
Installed LEED-certified white TPO roofing on the Chesapeake Center and the Student Center to help reduce energy consumption.
Installed an 11,000-watt solar photovoltaic array on the roof of Aberdeen Hall (funded through a grant by J.M.Huber).
The following sustainable features were incorporated into the Susquehanna Center renovation and the new APG Federal Credit Union Arena:
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