Utilities expenditures are funded and paid out of the Chancellor’s Office Unrestricted General Fund. The annual Utilities budget is established by the Facilities Department, based on projected usage and anticipated rate tariffs.
Gas and Electricity – Natural gas and electricity usage per square foot has been decreasing in the past years, as a result of significant energy efficiency measures. In 2002, the District began implementing a package of energy efficiency measures, including lighting retrofits, mechanical system repairs and replacements, a digital building management system, and conversion to variable speed pumping and fan systems. For more information about the energy efficiency measures implemented, please go here.
Despite these award-winning energy efficiency measures, our gas and electricity expenditures continue to rise as a result of rising energy rates and the additional buildings that have been brought on line. Please refer to the graphs to see annual expenditures for gas and electricity in recent years.
Water – Water usage has decreased dramatically since 2004 as a result of the conversion of most of our natural turf athletic fields to synthetic turf. The synthetic turf conversion has eliminated the need for irrigation, mowing, weeding, top dressing, aerating, fertilization, game line striping, and pest control. Most importantly, our synthetic athletic fields can be used many more hours each day since they don’t need recovery and maintenance time, the fields are a safer playing surface that results in fewer sports injuries, and the superior drainage systems below the fields have all but eliminated rain delays and game schedule slippage! Please refer to the graphs for a recount of annual expenditures for water in recent years.
Garbage – We have successfully implemented waste management measures that have diminished the volume of trash being generated, increased the amount of waste being recycled, and reduced the amount of garbage going to landfills; for more information about our waste management efforts, please go here. Removal of recyclable materials is no less costly than removal of landfill-bound garbage. Since 2005, garbage quantities have been increasing as a result of focused cleaning efforts in anticipation of major occupancy changes associated with the construction program. Garbage removal rates have been steady in recent years. As a result of these trends, garbage-related expenditures have been stable, but are anticipated to increase slightly in the coming years. Please refer to the graphs to see annual garbage expenditures in recent years.
In 2002, SMCCCD commissioned Chevron Energy Solution (formerly Viron Energy Services) to analyze our energy consuming systems (electrical, mechanical, water) to identify energy efficiency opportunities. As a result of that study, SMCCCD identified over $20 million of energy conservation measures that have been implemented. The links below will take you to the Comprehensive Energy Analysis report. SMCCCD has received accolades for its energy conservation efforts. For more information about the Flex Your Power award that SMCCCD received, click here. For a narrative of energy conservation measures that have been implemented, click here.