Spring update

An update from team member Benjamin Lim:

A system wide change is being underway in the community college system on Oahu. The change is geared towards making all of the community college campuses on Oahu more sustainable. The administration is in the phase of granting Johnson Controls to run an investment grade audit (IGA) on the community college campuses. Johnson Control will take care of the setting up, maintenance, and tracking of the infrastructure that will seek to make the community colleges more sustainable using performance based contracting. In the IGA phase, Johnson Controls have a set amount of time to audit the current infrastructure of the campuses and calculate all the costs to retrofit and install more sustainable infrastructure. After this, they must write it into a budget and present it to the community college’s administration for approval.

One of the stipulations of the contract that has not yet been signed, is that there is a request, as said by Ken Johnson, that there be an educational element to the changes that Johnson Controls would make in their efforts to make the college campuses more sustainable. This being, some steps have already been taken to provide for more education in the efforts for sustainability.

On February 25th, 2010, a group of students shadowed a lighting contracting company that was hired by Johnson Controls while the contracting company performed their own IGA on Building 2 on the HCC campus. At this audit, students learned trade specifics such as what the difference between a bulb an a lamp is, how to identify fixtures, and the difference between magnetic and electronic ballasts. In addition to gaining information on how somebody in the trade is lighting design and retro fitting goes about auditing, the students gained insight as to the environmental impact of using such kinds of lighting in certain situations or the environmental impact of using a particular lighting.

In trying to keep in line with the educational aspect of the community college campus’s change to a more sustainable operation, the HCC team is assigned the task of developing a lesson on lighting auditing. Some of the sections of this lesson are derived from the Sustainable Saunders initiative, and some are in parallel with the material that the students learned by the shadowing of the lighting auditor at HCC on February 25th. The goal with the creation of this lesson is to establish Sustainable UH as an entity that can provide education in terms of specific fields.


HCC’s Solar Golf Cart!

Hi Team,

Here is a photo for the Solar Golf Cart project.

Happy Holidays!

GreenCarts Solar Cart Trial Test

Honolulu Community College:  GreenCarts Solar Cart Trial Test

HCC will be testing out a GreenCarts Solar Panel Roof Top to see how adding a photovoltaic system to their golf cart will decrease their energy consumption and help the school reach their sustainability goals.  The solar roof system provides a constant charge to the batteries while the golf cart is under the sun and allows HCC to use free energy from the sun to help run their campus golf carts.

We are currently finishing up the second week of testing the solar panel top on the campus security golf cart. The first week of testing was used to gather kilowatt readings that showed how much energy the golf cart consumed while being recharged overnight.  The second and third week of testing will focus on how many days the golf cart can be used with the solar panel top CONNECTED versus it being DISCONNECTED.

So far John, from campus security, has noticed that the golf cart runs smoother and has more power throughout the day with the solar panel roof.  He also shared that many of the staff and students have noticed the new look of the golf cart and like the concept of adding a solar roof to the school’s golf cart.

Thanks for reading.  I’ll be sure to update everyone after the testing is complete.

Tracy Ogihara
GreenCarts, LLC
Ken Johnson, HCC

Just checking in!

The Sustainable HCC Team met in Building 2 on November 10 and we made a lot of progress towards our goal of making HCC the Greenest campus in the system! We decided to do a Dumpster Dive in two weeks.  The Dumpster Dive will consist of volunteers removing reusable items and categorizing them, then putting them back; the Dumpster Dive will help us decide what needs to be Recycled in Building 2.  Keep checking here for the results of the Dumpster Dive, which will be up within the next few weeks!

Six volunteers will conduct the Lighting and Energy Audits: Mike Leidemann (Bldg 2/1st Floor), Jon Blumhardt (Bldg 2 – 2nd Floor), Joe Lewis & Kristy Ringor (Bldg 2 – 3rd Floor and Building 7 4th floor), Shanna (Bldg 2- 1st 4th and 5th floors), Ken Johnson and Tracy Ogihara (Bldg 2 6th floor), Dean Crowell will do Building 14) and Irene Mesina will do the Library. The Foot Candle Meter can be checked out in the Library at the Circulation desk. Please return it as soon as you are finished so that others can check it out! Each volunteer will identify every lighting fixture and bulb including its wattage, and how long they are on each 24-hour period.  We will be able to calculate how much energy is being used in each building and how much energy (and $!) we could save if we switched out incandescent bulbs for CFLs.  Shanah lent us a Foot Candle Meter so we can measure how bright it is in each area in order to see if we need to reduce the lighting, which will also reduce energy use.  Please contact Ken Johnson to schedule your on-site visit johnsonk@hcc.hawaii.edu.

Norman Taketa  is having his Construction Academy students make a planter box for the Cafeteria organic garden project, and Tracy Ogihara, co-founder of GreenCarts LLC, agreed to provide two Solar Golf Carts so we can run an efficiency test for our campus.

Dean Crowell agreed to have his students make recycling bins for the Student Lounge in Building 2!

Everyone is getting involved, and we’re well on the way to a greener campus! Please join us for our next Sustainable HCC Meeting on November 25 from 1-2 in Building 2 Room 214.

Starting off

Sustainable HCC is one of the first bridges sustainableUH has made with another campus. A month ago, several students from sustainableUH met with a group of faculties from HCC. We chose Building 2 as our test model to carry out a project similar to Saunders Hall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Building 2 is an excellent candidate because of its central location on campus. It has various departments including Architecture, IT, Human Service, Childcare, the bookstore, and the Student Lounge. We hope to find a more efficient way to use energy, step-up on recycling, and spread sustainability consciousness throughout their campus.

When passionate people come together, great things are bound to happen.