Video: Journey to sustainability

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WITH SEVEN CAMPUSES AND MORE THAN 120,000 STUDENTS, DALLAS COLLEGE IS COMMITTED TO USING 100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY BY 2025.

FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS DALLAS COLLEGE HAS HELPED IDENTIFY AND DELIVER SOLUTIONS TO CHALLENGES FACED BY OUR COMMUNITY INCLUDING BUILDING A HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR DALLAS COUNTY AND ITS CITIZENS.

THE JOURNEY TOWARD RENEWABLE ENERGY BEGAN AT THE SANGER BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS, NOW OUR EL CENTRO CAMPUS.

ONE OF THE FIRST DALLAS BUILDINGS TO GET ELECTRICITY OVER A CENTURY AGO, IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST TO PILOT HARNESSING ITS OWN WIND POWER.

THE GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY SUN CLUB FOUNDATION PROVIDED FUNDS FOR INSTALLING SOLAR ARRAYS AT THE EASTFIELD AND BROOKHAVEN CAMPUSES, CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR ENERGY NEEDS.

IN 2016, NORTH LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEW PILOTED SOLAR-POWERED OUTDOOR LED LIGHT POLES.

THEIR SUCCESS LED SEVERAL MORE DALLAS COLLEGE CAMPUSES TO ADOPT THE TECHNOLOGY.

OUR JOURNEY ALSO INCLUDES REDUCING ENERGY USE.

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO DO SO THROUGH: CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS REPLACING END-OF-LIFE, INEFFICIENT ROOFING WITH REFLECTIVE ROOFING OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS UPGRADING LIGHTING AND HVAC SYSTEMS AND WEATHERIZING BUILDINGS WITH SEALANTS AND CAULKING; AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGES AS SIMPLE AS TURNING OFF LIGHTS AND EQUIPMENT WHEN NOT IN USE THROUGH EFFORTS LIKE THESE, OUR RICHLAND CAMPUS REDUCED ITS ENERGY USE BY ALMOST HALF WHILE DOUBLING ITS SQUARE FOOTAGE.

TODAY, WE ARE WORKING TO ACHIEVE EVEN GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND MAKING THE SWITCH TO 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY.

POSSIBILITIES INCLUDE GENERATING IT ON-SITE OR AT OTHER LOCATIONS WITH SOLAR PANELS, PURCHASING RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY FROM THIRD PARTY PROVIDER OR BUYING RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS.

THERE WILL MANY MORE MILESTONES AS WE REACH OUR ULTIMATE GOAL OF CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050, BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO BEGIN MOVING FORWARD.

YOU CAN HELP DALLAS COUNTY AND THE WORLD AVOID THE WORST EFFECTS OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY TO SUSTAINABILITY.

TAKE THE RENEW TEXAS 2025 PLEDGE TO CONVERT YOUR HOME/BUSINESS TO 100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY BY 2025.

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?