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CPS Energy Recognizes Alamo Colleges for Energy Savings

Recently, Alamo Colleges Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities John Strybos accepted a giant "check" for $118,389... Read More >

CPS Energy Recognizes Alamo Colleges for Energy Savings

CPS Energy Recognizes Alamo Colleges for Energy Savings

Recently, Alamo Colleges Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities John Strybos accepted a giant "check" for $118,389... Read More >

Trustee Zárate Named Chair-elect of ACCT Board

Trustee Zárate Named Chair-elect of ACCT Board

District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate has been elected to serve as the chair-elect of the 25-member Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)... Read More >

Holiday E-Card Contest Open to All Currrent Alamo Colleges' Students

Holiday E-Card Contest Open to All Currrent Alamo Colleges' Students

As the holidays approach, it's time again for the Alamo Colleges' animated electronic Holiday E-Card Student Design contest... Read More >

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Oil Boom Reaches Palo Alto College

The South Texas oil boom has brought an influx of people trying to work in the industry, and with good reason. Read More >

Congratulations to Alamo Colleges' Graduates from Healthcare Job Training Program

Congratulations to Alamo Colleges' Graduates from Healthcare Job Training Program

A total of 67 students graduated October 23 from the Health Professions Opportunity Grant program, which offers free job training and support for students who are unlikely to be able to attend college otherwise. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Launches New "Every Course Counts" Initiative

Alamo Colleges Launches New "Every Course Counts" Initiative

Beginning in Fall 2014, students seeking an A.A. or A.S. degree at Alamo Colleges will select a transfer-major and be provided an advising guide to help... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Offers Free Job Training for Qualified Veterans

Alamo Colleges Offers Free Job Training for Qualified Veterans

The Alamo Colleges are now enrolling for tuition-free manufacturing technician training for qualified veterans... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Increases Number of Degrees and Certificates Awarded by 73%

Alamo Colleges Increases Number of Degrees and Certificates Awarded by 73%

The Alamo Colleges continues to make remarkable strides in achieving greater student success, with a record... Read More >

On-Campus Computer Labs Available for Uploading Meningitis Forms

On-Campus Computer Labs Available for Uploading Meningitis Forms

Students enrolling for Spring 2015 who are required to submit bacterial meningitis documentation may... Read More >

San Antonio College Architecture/Engineering students  participate in Job Shadow Day hosted by O’Connell Robertson  and Alamo Colleges Foundation

San Antonio College Architecture/Engineering students participate in Job Shadow Day hosted by O’Connell Robertson and Alamo Colleges Foundation

Some 51 students enrolled in the architecture and engineering programs at San Antonio College (SAC) shadowed... Read More >

Parking News

Students can now park on campus without a decal

New for fall! Students, you no longer need a decal on your vehicle in order to park in student designated parking at any Alamo Colleges locations. Read More >

Innovative Ideas Help the Alamo Colleges Conserve Energy and Water and Save Money!

The Facilities Team would like to share with you the latest cost cutting ideas that have resulted from the Alamo Ideas initiative.
 
Building Shutdowns Expanded To All Holidays and Breaks
 
As a cost saving measure over the last few years, the Alamo Colleges have switched to a four-day week during June and July, with a "no use of buildings" policy in effect for Fridays during this time. Exceptions are made in special circumstances.
 
Now, this policy has been expanded to encompass all scheduled holidays and breaks, in order to realize additional utility and operational cost savings. During these holiday/break periods, building energy use will be reduced by turning off lights and air conditioning, although all power to buildings will not be shut off.
 
Not all buildings will be equally affected. Buildings that will be considered for shutdown are those that are  non-critical (classrooms and office areas) and on the central plant distribution loops. Critical buildings that are required to operate during shutdown periods and those not on the central plant distribution loops will be used to house activities/special events that cannot be canceled. The use of these buildings will help minimize utility costs in situations that are unavoidable.
 
For buildings that will be shut down the following actions will be taken to reduce energy consumption:
• Temperature setpoints during unoccupied hours in the summer will be set at 85-87 degrees
• Temperature setpoints during unoccupied hours in the winter will be set at 60-65 degrees
• All computers will be shut down. IT can  implement energy savings utilities for all computers remotely
• Non-essential equipment will be turned off
 
For exceptions to the full utility shut downs, the respective college president has to approve this request after submitting the request and justification to facilities.
 
 
Set the Thermostats to Save
 
Keep a sweater or jacket handy this winter as the Alamo Colleges implement a new policy to keep room temperatures within the recommended limits for optimum energy conservation. You may not even notice the difference, but it will save us $250,000 in FY13.
 
FYI—the majority of Alamo Colleges' buildings are on a temperature control system with standardized settings. As a new policy, these settings will be put into practice district-wide. Thermostats will be set at 69 degree for heating in winter and 74 degrees for cooling in summer, with a two degree variance allowed. This should save on energy costs while still maintaining a comfortable workplace. It will mean, however, that building temperatures cannot be adjusted to meet individual temperature perceptions. For questions about specific building/room temperatures, please contact:
NLC Facilities Hotline:  486-5666 (David Wissmann, Mae Taylor-Landry or Mike Salazar)
NVC Facilities Hotline: 486-4888 (Vanessa Valenzuela, Tony Bravo or Bernie Zertuche)
PAC Facilites Hotline: 486-3888 (Sergio Rivera, Monica Boyd or Marina Lopez)
SAC Facilities Hotline: 486-1235 (David Ortega, Mary Abundis or Rebecca Munoz)
SPC Facilities Hotline:  486-2888 (Sherry Toliver, Melinda Viagran or Paula Mata-Williams)
Sheridan St. Complex: 485-0194 (Rick Nix or Elia Faz)
 
Houston St. issues may be addressed by contacting either the SAC or Sheridan St. contact.
8300 and 7990 Pat Booker Rd. issues may be addressed by contacting NLC hotline.
 
 
Our Landscaping Is Getting Greener To Save Water and $$$$
 
We're also making some changes in the landscaping at all the Alamo Colleges' locations in order to realize a potential $300,000 savings on our irrigation costs in FY13.
 
Watering schedules may be adjusted or reduced, and high water use plantings, such as grass, will be replaced with drought-tolerant plantings wherever possible. So if the grass is a little less green in places, just remember it means we're getting greener to conserve water and save money.
 
Thank you for  your cooperation as we strive to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.

 

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