charging stationSustainability is defined as making choices that are economically sound, environmentally conscious and that encourage social equity.

LBCC continues to make strides to bring sustainability to the college. Weather it's encouraging recycling of plastic bottles, cans and paper, or providing compostable cups and plates in our food services areas, we continue to make strides to create a waste-free campus.

New and remodeled buildings on campus are constructed with energy efficiency and sustainable practices in mind. Madrone Hall was awarded Silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2010, with photovoltaic windows, efficient heating and cooling, low-voc paint and low-water landscaping. In addition, White Oak Hall was remodeled in 2010 to be more energy efficient and structurally sound, with seismic upgrades throughout and the addition of a solar gazebo to help offset energy costs.

Programs such as horticulture, agriculture, biology, engineering, mechatronics and automotive technology incorporate sustainability and new energy efficient technologies into the curriculum, providing our students with current information and real-world application of sustainable practices in their fields of study.

Current Recycling Efforts

  • White office paper in most copy/office areas                                         
  • Comingle recycling in office areas
  • Comingle bins in random areas on campus
  • Limited glass recycle bins
  • Limited plastic bottle and can recycle bins                                                                                  

Large item recycle

  • Cardboard
  • Pallet boards
  • Scrap metal
  • Construction/remodel waste where applicable

Other efforts

  • Compost culinary kitchen green waste, paper towels, plate food scraps
  • Use of eco-friendly janitorial products
  • Hazardous waste recycled from automotive programs
  • New carpet squares, 100% recyclable
  • Old furniture, campus excess items sold at OSU surplus auction

Projects and Practices

  • Restrooms converted to low-flow fixtures
  • Campus kitchen composting food scraps
  • Electric carts used for deliveries & by facilities workers
  • Electric plug-in stations for student/staff use
  • Bike racks in alcoves
  • Free Linn-Benton Bus Loop for students/staff
  • Janitorial uses earth-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Using local materials to reduce transportation impact
  • Moved all payroll to direct deposit rather than paper checks
  • Library moved to pay-to-print to reduce paper waste
  • HVAC electrical motors replaced with variable speed motors

Green Technology

A number of new projects and programs on campus are bringing green, or sustainable, technology to students and the local community.

Projects such as the high-tech Madrone Hall, which opened in January of 2010, has examples of current technology throughout including: floor to ceiling photo-voltaic windows, dual-flush toilets, energy-saving efficiencies, and wall and door finishes that reflect light to create energy.

As part of the project, the old science building, White Oak Hall, is being renovated. It will feature a green roof that will provide a living classroom, with an underground cistern designed to capture rain water run-off to use for landscape irrigation, saving the college approximately 50 percent of city water usage 

Biofuel production and genetic crop enhancement for sustainability are being emphasized in horticulture programs in addition to the focus on organic food production. Wind turbines will be used to learn about new energy technology. Photo voltaic cells embedded in the south-facing windows on the newly-built Madrone Hall will help off-set energy costs.

LBCC science building & alternative transportation efforts:

  • Madrone Hall - translucent solar arrays (solar cells) on south facing windows block 70% of heat transmission, aids summer cooling resulting in reduced size for A/C system
  • Public transportation access
  • Bicycle storage & changing rooms
  • Alternative transportation
  • Electric care charging stations
  • Use of native plants & water efficient plants in landscaping
  • Maximize vegetated open spaces adjacent to building
  • Storm water quality and quantity controls
  • Minimizing heat island effect with material color & landscaping.
  • Optimize energy performance
  • Green power for 35% of building use
  • Collection & storage of recyclables
  • Construction waste management
  • Reuse & recycle building materials
  • Materials used from local region to reduce transport impact
  • Use of 50% FSG wood (define FSG??)
  • Use of low-emitting materials
  • Efficient lighting and thermal comfort control
  • Installing green roof to reduce heat island effect & control storm water quality & quantity

LBCC improved lighting on it's campuses by replacing outdated lights with energy efficient electronic ballasts and T8 tubes, and LED lights in walkway areas.

  • All building main hallways
  • Fluorescent lighting in external hallways
  • Changed exit sign bulbs to LED bulbs
  • Campus-wide retrofit of all fluorescent lights to electronic ballasts & T8 tubes
  • Parking Lot lighting
  • Outside walkway lights changed to LED lighting