Victor Valley College

April 26, 2013 7:19 PM
Jose Quintero, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The California Community Colleges Board of Governors announced that Victor Valley College was among the winners of the Energy and Sustainability Awards.

Victor Valley College will be presented the District Leadership Award on May 7 at the board of governors meeting in Sacramento.

The college made a resource and financial commitment in 2010 to reduce its dependency on utilities. Several of the projects included the addition of a 1-megawatt solar array on the main campus and a 250-kilowatt solar parking lot system at the new Public Safety Training Center in Apple Valley.

In 2011, VVC replaced 21,000 square feet of turf with drought-tolerant landscaping, saving an estimated 865,634 gallons of water annually.

The school replaced old and inefficient lighting fixtures with energy-efficient lighting throughout the campus in 2012. Students were involved by helping identify areas on the campus that needed upgraded lighting to save energy and increase safety.

The college won the award out of 50 nominations, with Mira Costa Community College receiving an honorable mention.

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