How We're Helping

In addition to green building practices, John Tyler Community College has implemented Revive, a program aimed at creating ways for students, faculty, staff and the entire community to reuse, reduce, restore and recycle for a greener planet. Here’s some of what we are doing:

Greener Spaces

Greener Spaces

While the College was constructing the first LEED-registered building in the VCCS at the Midlothian Campus, we also began looking for ways to green our other locations and buildings. The Chester Campus dates to 1967, and recent renovations there have focused on improving the campus’ green qualities. Major renovations in Godwin Hall included the use of low-VOC materials and finishes. Improved roofing materials with additional insulation have been placed on the roofs of Bird Hall, Goyne Hall and Godwin Hall. And, a white coating has been applied to the roof of Moyar Hall and the Nicholas Student Center; these updates improve energy efficiency. Building HVAC controls and light fixtures have also been swapped out at Chester; all with the goal of improving the building’s energy efficiency.

The College also established a green housekeeping program in 2008. The program seeks to control the amount of chemical pollutants used in our buildings, improving indoor air quality. An integrated pest management program was also developed to minimize toxic chemicals indoors and in the landscape. Finally, the College has embraced the concept of bringing nature closer to those inside. In Midlothian’s Administration Building, that includes the work of Housekeeping Supervisor Gus Danzey who grows beautiful orchids in the sunny stairwell.

You can learn much more about our LEED-registered Science Building on the Virtual Tour. Return to top.

 


Design & Printing

Design & Printing

In 2008, the College Relations Department transitioned many of the College’s large printing jobs – such as the graduation program and the College Catalog – to green stock. In total, 71% of the College’s print projects were on recycled paper that year. Printing the 2009 -2010 College Catalog on 25% post-consumer recycled fiber paper saved:

  • Enough water for 544 eight-minute showers (9,363 gallons of water)
  • Enough energy to power an average American household for 72 days (18 million BTUs)
  • A total of 26 trees, enough to supply oxygen for 13 people for a year (7,404 pounds of wood)
  • Forty-one 32-gallon garbage cans of waste (1,202 pounds of solid waste)

The department continues to research new, greener paper options, including products produced using wind energy. It has also printed a recent project with soy ink, on seeded paper. This year, the goal is to print 90% of the department’s work on recycled paper. And, the department continues to look for paperless options such as electronic bulletin boards and web site features, to communicate with faculty, staff, students and the community at large.

The Financial Aid Office has also embraced green practices. In 2009, it stopped mailing letters to students and now only communicates with students using e-mail, saving paper and speeding up the time it takes to share vital information. Return to top.

 


Recycling

Recycling

The College has a single-stream recycling program. Bins placed around campus allow people to recycle paper, plastic bottles, cans, glass, newspapers, telephone books and catalogs, all in one bin. No sorting is required.

Boxes are also set up around each campus where students, faculty and staff may deposit their old personal electronics, such as cell phones, PDAs, iPods, and mp3 players. Donated equipment will be turned into the College’s recycling vendor, which will recycle the goods and send a check to the John Tyler Community College Foundation for any money earned.

Throughout the year, other items, including clothing, shoes and books, are collected to be reused and/or recycled through community donations or projects such as the Revive Community Challenge, which encouraged participants to find imaginative new uses for old items.Return to top.

 


Recycling

Alternative Transportation

To encourage the use of more environmentally friendly modes of transportation, the College dedicated parking spaces near the Science Building at Midlothian for those who drive fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles. To determine what cars qualify, the College subscribes to the Green Book published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). This publication is a LEED-approved listing of vehicles that meet low-emission and fuel-efficiency standards. Check the full list of qualifying vehicles to see if your car qualifies. Spaces are also set aside for those who carpool. To be eligible for those spaces, a minimum of two people must ride in the vehicle each time it comes to campus. Faculty, staff and students interested in applying for one of these spaces should check with Security Manager Frank Medaglia at 804-594-1414 or fmedaglia@jtcc.edu to see if their vehicle meets the necessary requirements.

Also at Midlothian, those who ride their bikes to campus can conveniently park them in the bike racks located near the Science Building. And if they like, bicycle commuters can use the showers in the first floor restrooms to clean up and change after arriving on campus. Bicycling to work reduces pollution from vehicle emissions and promotes a healthy lifestyle.



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