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Members of the SRJC community have long been committed to environmental initiatives and sustainability efforts. New buildings have been thoughtfully designed to green building standards, solar panels have been installed on many buildings, and recycling bins have been placed on college sites for decades.
Many other sustainability activities continue that may not be so obvious. One amazing example is the innovative geothermal heat pump that was installed in the new Bertolini Student Center on the Santa Rosa Campus. This system, which relies on the consistent temperatures below ground, reduces energy needs on both warm and cold days, resulting in significant energy and cost savings for the College. Other unseen sustainability efforts include reuse of office and classroom furniture, repurposing of computers, and the collection of office paper, bottles, cans, and hazardous waste for recycling at local waste management facilities.
To learn much more about SRJC’s green facilities, access the Sustainable Facilities page of this Web site. There are many green features and activities on both the Santa Rosa Campus and the Petaluma Campus that highlight how highly sustainable SRJC is.
As faculty and staff, we recognize that there’s always more that we can do to reduce our impact on the environment and to strengthen our sustainability measures on our college sites and in our daily lives. The following links lead to helpful information that can impact your sustainable choices.
To find out more about what SRJC has initiated over the years to ensure sustainable facilities, access the SRJC Facilities page of this Web site. We know you’ll be proud and inspired by all that we have achieved.
The College has a longstanding and successful recycling program. Paper recycling is provided in office locations. Bottle and can recycling bins are located throughout the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. SRJC’s staff and faculty play an important role across the college to ensure an effective recycling program. Facilities is operating a small pilot program for faculty and staff to adopt recycling bins at the Santa Rosa Campus If you would like to participate in the pilot by sponsoring a recycling bin in your area, contact Carl Dobson, Grounds and Recycling Manager at email@example.com.
We welcome your ideas to add to SRJC’s sustainable efforts and look forward to hearing from you. Please send your ideas, questions or concerns to either Tony Ichsan or Katie Gerber, cochairs of the IEPC committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Hazardous waste are materials that can no longer be used and are regulated as potential hazards to people or the environment. They may be chemical, biological, or radiological in nature. Contact SRJC’s Environmental Health & Safety to find out how to dispose of hazardous waste properly. Access the Hazardous Waste site.
According to the USEPA, each person generates approximately 4.5 pounds of waste per day. Efforts in California have significantly reduced the amount of waste that is discarded, however, more still needs to be done.
Residents of Sonoma County are fortunate to have access to an inclusive recycling program that accepts a variety of materials, including mixed plastics, juice packages, and plastic bags in addition to traditional recyclables like paper, bottles, and cans. Residents are also provided with bins for organic recycling. Food scraps and yard trimmings can be placed in the yard waste bin. This material is composted and used as a soil amendment.
Before you put a bottle or can in the recycling bin, think about what you can do to reduce or reuse it before you need to discard it in the recycling bin. The following information offers ideas about how you can reduce waste and recycle in Sonoma County.
Sonoma County residents are provided with recycling for a variety of materials. For a complete list of what can and cannot be recycled, see the Sonoma County Recycling Guide.