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Facilities and Grounds


 Center for Environmental and Urban Studies
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This building is the “Hub of Sustainability” on campus.
It houses Sustainable Works (student program) like the sustainable workshops which teaches students how to become more sustainable in their own daily lives. It also conducts academic research on campus sustainability policies and programs like American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The Center also consists of a Living Laboratory for sustainable practices and green building materials. Student clubs meet here such as Eco Action Club or in the Organic Learning Garden such as the Club Grow. The Center hosts events such as the Earth Week and Sustainability Week, and tables at various events on campus.
 
Organic Learning Gar​​den
The SMC community is excited by the opening of the new Organic Learning Garden facility!
 
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It's the opportunity to learn, to grow our own food, and better understand food systems and the impact they have on our society. We can make our communities self-sustaining, have access to fresh and healthy food, reconnect to the earth and our traditions, and nourish our bodies. During our first year, we will have about 1,200 square feet of planting space. Several planting options-- raised beds, containers, mounded beds, and constructed herb gardens—that will be available. Plots will be assigned by the OLG Garden Plot Committee (faculty, staff, and students). Before submitting this application, please read the Rules and Regulations and the Guidelines (on the reverse). By planting a garden space during our inaugural year, you will have the opportunity to provide us with valuable feedback and help us develop future policies to insure the maintenance of a thriving garden on a season-to-season and year-to-year basis. We look forward to building a sustainable gardening community at Santa Monica College and hope you will join us in this effort. There are currently 13 plots in the garden. These plots are distributed by the Organic Learning Garden Oversight Committee.  

 

Native Gardens and Drought Tolerant 

Installed in the late 1990's by the SMC Botany Department, these gardens are maintained by SW volunteers. The Garden Includes only  CA natives (not only drought tolerant, but native). Supports local wildlife, requires little maintenance and hardly any water. Some plants are endangered and all plants have benefits to the local ecosystem like feeding local bees, being fire resistant, etc. Garden / Garden demonstration and education gardens in partnership with the city Education Garden in front of the CEUS.

Drought tolerant​ in quad and throughout campus 


Any Line Any time 
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07-08 SMC subsidized 3 lines servicing the highest concentration of SMC students.
08-09 the Associated Students pushed to increase the service to Any Line, Any Time.
Program costs approximately 1.4 million dollars which is split between Associated Students and the "General Fund". All you need to ride a big blue bus with a valid staff or student ID, and ride for FREE, ANY LINE, ANY TIME.

Vermitech
  • ​​Each week over 400,000 worms eat through 250 lbs. of food scraps that come out of the cafeteria.
  • In 2009, 3 tons of food waste was diverted from landfill.
  • Castings are utilized on campus as fertilizer by grounds keepers.
  • Vendors are required to use compostable to go wares so .
  • This composting program is a great example of closed-loop system.
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Recycling and Zero Waste Program
SMC has reduced its total waste output by 60% 
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There are approximately 65-75 recycle bins on campus.
In 2009-10 the Board of Trustees passed a Zero waste Events Board Policy requiring events to use compostable ware and produce no more than 10% waste. 
The Recycling program is managed by SMC's recycling specialist, Madeline Brodie​, and staffed only by student workers.
 

Greening our Cafeteria Vendors
Food vendors were selected using comprehensive sustainability criteria. This resulted in Carl's Jr. being replaced with Campus Kitchen, which has robust environmental business practices and healthier choices. Vendors now are more supportive of SMC's recycling, composting and Zero Waste events policy.
 
 
Rain Catchment System
Between two large cisterns on campus, over 100,000 gallons of water can be captured and returned to the aquifer through by filtering water through tubes and layers of carbon, soil, and rocks. This mimics the natural process which is disrupted in the urban environment. 

Another cistern under the Organic Learning Garden captures rainwater which is pumped up and used to water the garden with fresh water that does not contain fluoride, chlorine or chloramine. 


Native Plants and Water Conservation

Drought tolerant landscaping is found throughout campus. It supports local wildlife, requires little maintenance and very little water. Some plants are endangered and all plants have benefits to the local ecosystem like feeding local bees and being fire resistant.

A native landspace demonstration garden called "Garden / Garden" is located on Pearl street in front of the Campus Police Department and Outreach Center. It demonstrates the water and maintenance cost savings between a typical garden and one that’s planted with natives.

The CEUS at 1744 Pearl Street is planted with native species and each plant is marked for reference. Mulch has been spread throughout the yard to capture valuable runoff from rain events to help return it to the aquifer. Rainbarrels capture water from the roof which can be used during dry days to water the landscape. 

The Corsair Field was replaced with artificial turf. 

Campus Approach
SMC Bond Measure Building Projects are to be designed to meet the US Green Building Council’s Green Building Program. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a widely recognized national and international benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. The LEED rating system provides a measurable way to incorporate sustainable design into the built environment.

SMC Campus Buildings

Information Technology Building
The recently completed IT Relocation Building has been designed under USGBC NC v3 and has a LEED Silver Certification.  Project measures designed into the building include:

Storm Water Quantity and Quality Control with below grade water retention basin
Water Use Reduction
Water Efficient Landscaping
Optimization of Energy Performance through lighting controls
On-Site Renewable Energy production through photovoltaic array
Construction Waste Management Control
Recycled Content of construction materials
Use of Certified Wood products
Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives, and sealants, and Paints and coatings
Indoor Air Quality Control
Thermal Comfort Control and natural ventilation through operable windows
Daylighting and Views

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Click on the image above for the PDF file.
 
 

Student Services Building
The Student Services Building is designed under USGBC NC v3 and is seeking a LEED Gold Certification.  Project measures designed into the Building include:
Storm Water Quantity and Quality Control with below grade water retention basin
Water Use Reduction through advanced waste water technologies
Water Efficient Landscaping
Optimization of Energy Performance through lighting controls
On-Site Renewable Energy production through photovoltaic array
Construction Waste Management Control
Recycled Content of construction materials
Use of Certified Wood products
Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives, and sealants, and Paints and coatings
Indoor Air Quality Control
Thermal Comfort Control
Daylighting and Views 
 
Greening the Curriculum 
One of our 4 institutional learning outcomes is related to sustainability: 
"SMC students will take responsibility for their own impact on the earth by living a sustainable and ethical life style." We are the only community college in the nation to have an Ecological Literacy component as part of our graduation requirements. SMC recently developed a Solar Installers certificate and a Recycling and Resource Management certificate. The Two Environmental AA & AS degrees offered at SMC are Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. Many traditional disciplines have “greened the curriculum” by incorporating environmental themes  and examples and/ or offering the Sustainable Works program as extra credit.
 
Solar 
Carport project on Parking Structure 3: $3.6 million for structure, an additional $1 million for efficiency, produces 400KW (see additional facts sheet), the Library has a 32 kW system, and the CEUS has a 3 kilowatt system. The Creative Media and Design building, Performing Arts Center, and Student Services Buildings, currently under construction, all have large solar roofs built into the design. All future buildings will incorporate solar into their design. The new PE / Health building has solar thermal water heaters to produce hot water for all the showers that will take place in this building. 
 
​EV Charging Stations
Cuyrrently there are seven electric vehicle charging stations located in two parking structures in Lot 4 and on the Bundy campus. EV charging stations will be integrated into each new parking garage that is built.
 
Water Filling Stations
There are 17 water filling stations located around campus to easily refill water bottles. The AS provides free reusable bottles to all students at the Cayton Center. 

Energy Efficiency Projects
High efficiency boilers installed in:
•Drescher Hall – 95% efficiency condensing boilers
•Science Building – 95% efficient boilers and 95% efficient domestic water boilers 10,638 

Lighting fixtures upgraded out of 16,000 total
•Interior fixtures – 9905
•Exterior fixtures – 773
•Occupancy sensors – 700
•Any fixture above 50 watts was targeted Occupancy sensors and time clocks installed to reduce lighting 

Energy Management Systems to monitor and regulate building energy, temperature, and water use are being installed this year

A Central Plant has been installed in the PE/Health building and uses chillers to freeze liquid in off-peak hours. This chilled water is then used during the day to provide cooling to all buildings on the main campus.
 
​​​​​​​​​​Sustainable Transportation
 ​​​​​​Over 600 bike racks located throughout campus.
DIY bike stands, repair tools and pumps located in the bike lot on Pearl Street. Available 24/7.
SMC was awarded "Bike Friendly University" - Bronze level by the League of American Cyclists in 2014. 

Facilities Maintenance 
Hazardous Waste Safety Officer position created.
•​Green Seal Certified chemicals used campus-wide.
•Irrigation Specialist position created.
•TCBY/ The Coffee Spot is Green Business certified.
•The Bookstore is in the process of being Green Business certified.
•Facilities uses a fleet of electric carts on campus​.

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