(December 8, 2009) -Hagerstown Community College was recently accepted into the Maryland Green Registry. The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary, self-certification program that provides resources to aid organizations in adopting green practices to better protect the environment.
HCC was accepted into the Maryland Green Registry based on the following categories: management and leadership, waste disposal, energy use, renewable energy initiatives, and water management. HCC currently recycles paper, glass, plastic and cardboard and contracts with Daycon, Inc. to purchase green cleaning products and custodial supplies, as well as Green Seal training for employees.
In terms of energy usage, HCC operates a central heating and cooling plant that houses two large boilers, as well as two large chillers. A new variable, speed drive was recently installed to reduce energy costs and has saved more than $30,000 to date.
In terms of water conservation, HCC included six bio-retention ponds into the design and construction of the Career Programs Building, which was renovated in 2008. The ponds are specifically designed to absorb water flow from parking lots and roof drains, allowing water to drain slowly into the main culvert.
Future buildings constructed on HCC’s campus will be designed using the latest environmentally friendly standards currently available in the construction industry. In particular, HCC’s new STEM building (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has been designed to include a green roof, solar panels, and a wind turbine, and will also house cisterns to collect rain water runoff. Construction on HCC’s new STEM building is expected to start in early 2010.