Submitted on December 15, 2011; last updated on December 15, 2011
Palo Alto College has recently completed a major capital improvement project that has increased the campus size. Only one greenhouse gas report has been completed at this time. Once the next GHG report is complete the college will have more data to predict and set a climate neutrality target date.
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Palo Alto College plans to focus on energy efficiency projects and low cost capital retrofit projects to reduce energy consumption. Continuous Commissioning process implemented by the Energy Systems Laboratory help to achieve this goal. The college's Board of Trustees have been working on implementing policies for the colleges to abide by. Academically, courses are continually being restructured to incorporate sustainability in their curriculum.
Palo Alto College has implemented alternate energy courses into their course curriculum to meet their sustainability requirements. Alternative energy demonstration models such as a 1kW wind turbine has been installed for instructional purposes.
The success of carbon neutrality is based on educating and engaging the surrounding community through outreach programs. This will integrate sustainability into its curriculum through its education and community outreach efforts. The college is committed to incorporating sustainability into all its educational curriculums, student services and programs designed for Faculty and staff as well as maintenance personnel. Many departments and Continuing education programs have begun incorporating sustainability into their curriculum and courses.Green Job training programs are being created to provide the community the opportunity for technical advancement
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