Sustainability at Tyler
In 2008, Tyler created a Revive program aimed at creating ways for students, faculty, staff and the entire community to reuse, reduce, restore and recycle for a greener planet, and we continue to look for ways to green our campus. Here’s how:
Early in the fall 2008 semester, the college implemented a single-stream recycling program. Bins placed around campus allow people to recycle paper, plastic bottles, cans, glass, newspapers, telephone books and catalogs, all in one bin. No sorting is required. Wet paper, paper towels, food containers and plastic bags should not be placed in the bins.
Small Electronics Recycling
Revive also incorporates a small electronics recycling program. Boxes are set up around each campus where students, faculty and staff may deposit their old personal electronics, such as cell phones, PDAs, iPods, and mp3 players. College equipment should not be placed in these bins. Donated equipment will be turned into the college’s recycling vendor, which will recycle the goods and send a check to the John Tyler Community College Foundation for any money earned.
Clothing, Shoes, Books and More
Throughout the year, other items, including clothing, shoes and books are collected to be reused and/or recycled.
When the college began planning for Phase II of the Midlothian campus, it looked to the future by incorporating green elements into the building’s planning and design. In fact, Hamel Hall on the Midlothian Campus was the first project in the Virginia Community College System to be registered under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. To become LEED-certified, a project must earn credits in key areas that promote human and environmental health, including sustainable site design, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Phase III of Midlothian, the T-Building, is the first new construction academic building constructed under the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as part of the Commonwealth’s Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards (VEES) program. There are many features incorporated into this building tied to sustainability and the VEES program, including but not limited to:
- 20,000 gallon rainwater harvesting tank which irrigates all plantings
- Solar hot water system, which provides domestic hot water to majority of the building
- LED lighting through the building
- Chilled-beam HVAC system/technology
- White reflective and highly insulated roofing system
- Small vegetative roof system
- Low VOC paints and other finishes
- Fixed exterior sun shades and ample daylight/natural lighting
- Occupancy sensors on lighting and limited convenience receptacles
- Low flow bathroom fixtures including high efficiency hand dryers to reduce paper waste
- Low maintenance flooring finishes in all public spaces
The Chester campus dates to 1967, and recent renovations there focus on improving the campus’ green qualities. Major renovations in Bird Hall, the Nicholas Center and Godwin Hall will include the use of low-VOC materials and finishes. Improved roofing materials with additional insulation have been placed on the roofs of Bird Hall, Goyne Hall and Godwin Hall, and a white coating will be applied to Moyar Hall and the Nicholas Student Center; these updates will improve energy efficiency. Building HVAC controls and light fixtures have also been swapped out at Chester; all with the goal of improving the building’s energy efficiency.
Finally, the college’s Facilities Department is modifying its operating processes and maintenance procedures to incorporate integrated pest management in grounds maintenance, green housekeeping practices and recycling when possible.
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