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October 18, 2011 > Community college district uses IceBank

Community college district uses IceBank

Submitted By Jeff Kingston

Summer's heat might be gone, but the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District cooling cost savings and benefits to the environment are forever - thanks to the new IceBank energy storage systems made possible by voter approval of Measure B, the general obligation facilities bond.

The IceBank energy storage system by CALMAC creates ice at night when energy is less expensive and renewable energy sources are most abundant. The ice is used the next day to cool buildings, leading to significant annual energy cost savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions associated with peak demand avoidance. The district saved more than $200,000 and 1.1 megawatts per year in energy costs and consumption.

"Our district has made a strong commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and this project shows how dedicated we are to this goal," said District Vice Chancellor Jeff Kingston. "The IceBank storage tanks have allowed us to reduce our peak-demand energy consumption, carbon footprint, and operating costs. It has been a great addition to both Chabot and Las Positas college campuses."

District Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon joined more than 500 other university and college presidents across the country as a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment was created by the organization as a pledge to make colleges and universities carbon neutral.

Both colleges in the district affirmed their support of the climate commitment by creating a historic Climate Action Plan and establishing a Sustainability Committee of volunteers to establish sustainability goals that reflect the colleges' missions and values.

To achieve their goals, the colleges also planned high-performance buildings that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or higher. LEED is an internationally recognized "green" building certification system and standard for measuring building sustainability.

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