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Alamo Colleges Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, Alamo Colleges District Support Operations staff gathered at the Sheridan Street office flagpole for a flag-raising ceremony in observance of Memorial Day.. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Alamo Colleges Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, Alamo Colleges District Support Operations staff gathered at the Sheridan Street office flagpole for a flag-raising ceremony in observance of Memorial Day.. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Recognizes Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas For Funding Scholarships, Programs

Alamo Colleges Recognizes Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas For Funding Scholarships, Programs

At the regular board meeting May 19, the Alamo Colleges thanked Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas for 12 months of generous donations which prepare students for career... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with India's National Skill Development Corporation

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with India's National Skill Development Corporation

The Alamo Colleges continues to expand its international partnerships, most recently by signing an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) of India and Cambridge Education Development (CED) to promote collaboration in the field of vocational education and training. Read More >

Alamo Colleges/Baylor University Partner in Baylor Bound Program

Alamo Colleges/Baylor University Partner in "Baylor Bound" Program

Baylor University and Alamo Colleges recently announced the creation of a formal "Baylor Bound" transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas. Read More >

Groundbreaking Held for Expansion of Alamo Colleges’ Central Texas Technology Center

Groundbreaking Held for Expansion of Alamo Colleges’ Central Texas Technology Center

Federal, state and local representatives gathered on May 14 for the groundbreaking of the $6.3 million expansion of the Alamo Colleges’ Central Texas Technology Center that will ultimately double the size of the facility, allowing an associate degree to be offered there for the first time, as well as enhanced workforce development training programs. Read More >

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PAC Twins Awarded Scholarship

It began with a phone call when Adriana Weaver received the news that would change the course of her life. Read More >

Apply Now! Get a Scholarship for You and Your Child

Apply Now! Get a Scholarship for You and Your Child

Apply now for the 2015-2016 Tom Sandoval Rey Feo LULAC Parent/Child Scholarship, which offers a $1,000... Read More >

Alamo Colleges’ Board Names Casillas New District 4 Trustee

Alamo Colleges’ Board Names Casillas New District 4 Trustee

At a special meeting May 5, the Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees selected Marcelo Casillas as the new District 4 trustee.. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Names New Student Trustee To Board

Alamo Colleges Names New Student Trustee To Board

At their regular meeting on April 28, the Alamo Colleges’Board of Trustees selected Sami C. Adames as the new student trustee. Adames is only the second student to serve as... Read More >

La Prensa Foundation Inspirational Student of the Month Award April 2015

La Prensa Foundation Inspirational Student of the Month Award April 2015

Ruben Mancha is the recipient of the April 2015 La Prensa Foundation Inspirational Student of the Month Scholarship and will receive $500 funded by La Prensa... Read More >

Campus Queen 2015

Ebony's Campus Queen 2015

Vote Ms. SPC for Ebony's Campus Queen 2015! Read More >

Strybos To Deliver Keynote at Texas Energy Managers Association 2015 Expo

Strybos To Deliver Keynote at Texas Energy Managers Association 2015 Expo

John Strybos, P.E., C.E.M., associate vice chancellor of facilities operations and construction management at the Alamo Colleges, will deliver the keynote address... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with Vietnam Association of Community Colleges

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with Vietnam Association of Community Colleges

The Alamo Colleges continues to expand its international partnerships by signing an... 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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