Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.21
Liaison David Husemoller
Submission Date June 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

College of Lake County
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 David Husemoller
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Total floor area of building space:
932912 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council:
Certified Floor Area
LEED O+M Platinum or the highest achievable level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Gold or the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system (e.g. BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Buildings, DGNB, Green Star Performance) 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4 -or 5–tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified under a non-GBC rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes CIEB:
0 Square Feet

Percentage of building space certified under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings:
0

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:
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Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published indoor air quality (IAQ) management policy or protocol? (0-100):
100

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:
The website URL where the IAQ policy/protocol may be found:
Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published green cleaning policy, program or contract ? (0-100):
100

A copy or the green cleaning policy:
A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

CLC Facilities staff perform the custodial duties on all three campuses. The custodial manager purchases only low- and no-VOC cleaners. This policy is identified in the updated draft Green Building Guidelines attached. These guidelines have been agreed upon by the Facilities Department as official policy. This updated draft will be voted on at the upcoming Environmental Action Committee meeting in August.

An example of CLC innovation and commitment to green cleaning took place in 2014-15 when the college purchased 3 wall mounted ozone stations that transform ordinary tap water into an effective natural commercial cleaner by infusing that water with ozone. This “aqueous ozone” is created in a wall-mounted unit located on the campus and is used to fill spray bottles and mop buckets.


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with an energy management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

CLC has been benchmarking its natural gas and electricity usage since 2009 when it sign on to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Benchmarking is done on a monthly and annual basis to track electricity and natural gas usage. CLC's Sustainability Plan identifies our energy management goals and tracks our progress in the annual Performance Report. Goal 3 of the Sustainability Plan states: "Minimize building energy consumption through increased conservation and efficiency." We set a target for the Grayslake Campus to decrease energy consumption by 20% from FY 2014 to FY 2017. We do not yet have the full FY17 data, but we are able to demonstrate a 17.9% reduction in our energy usage for all 3 campuses during the first 9 months from FY 14 to FY16. We expect to exceed these savings when we get the full year's data.

Facilities contracts with Delta for an online dashboard to be able to monitor, track and maintain air comfort levels across the campuses. This dashboard enables HVAC staff to make adjustments heating/cooling and fresh air intake from a tablet, cell phone, or computer terminal.


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a water management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

CLC sets goals for implementing best practices to reduce our water use in the Sustainability Plan under Goal 9. Over the past seven years, facilities has installed drought-tolerant native plants in the medians to reduce irrigation needs. Low -flow aerators have been installed on all faucets. Toilets have been installed with dual flush handles to reduce the amount of water for flushing liquid waste. Irrigation is set to timers on athletic fields and areas with high visibility impact such as the entrances to the college.

Action Item 1 under this goal is to benchmark water usage. CLC tracks its water use from its monthly bills and compiles data on spreadsheets to mark progress over the years. Progress can be noted in the Performance Report. There has been a range of fluctuation in water use since FY09, ranging from 14.4 million gallons in FY10 to 35.8 million gallons in FY16. Much of this fluctuation can be attributed to construction, especially the filling of geothermal pipes and wells in FY16. Once construction is complete it will become possible to measure the impacts of our water conservation strategies.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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CLC has been benchmarking its natural gas, electricity, and water usage since 2009 when it sign on to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Benchmarking is done on a monthly and annual basis to track overall improvements with the increasing energy efficiencies being incorporated into buildings. CLC demonstrated a 10.6% increased efficiency for FY16 over the 9-year mean of combined BTUs (kWh and therms), equaling over $600,000.

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