DLR Group Partners with RCCD to Create a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan
(Riverside, Calif., December 14, 2023) – DLR Group has partnered with Riverside Community College District— consisting of three colleges: Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College — to provide comprehensive sustainability services, including a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, a Total Cost of Ownership dashboard, and Integrated Energy Master Plans for each college.
Acknowledging their duty to function in a socially, environmentally, and economically mindful manner, RCCD joined forces with DLR Group to craft a set of exemplary sustainability practices for a higher education setting. The deliverables are designed to guide RCCD towards sustainable operations now and in the future. With a commitment to carbon neutrality, safeguarding regional waterways, preserving natural ecosystems, and enhancing social mobility and well-being, the plan aims to advance RCCD as a sustainability leader among its peer institutions and defines the long-term vision and culture of sustainability.
As an institution of higher education, RCCD has the opportunity to live sustainably, actively lead their communities, and respond to today’s evolving climate challenges. Working with RCCD on their SCAP has been a privilege, paving the way for the College to create a legacy of stewardship, innovation, and responsible action.”
Working with hundreds of stakeholders through the District and College’s shared governance structure, the outcome was the creation of a comprehensive Sustainability and Climate Action Plan— a practical roadmap for cultural transformation, setting aspirational, evergreen goals, measurable objections, and specific actions. The SCAP uses the current California Community Colleges Climate Change and Sustainability Policy and the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS program as a framework to approach sustainability planning.
DLR Group is also providing energy planning services and leadership to maximize the use of current best practices, take advantage of savings by design, energy incentives, energy grants, energy audits, and on-bill-financing programs, and recommends procurement methods for various projects.
The Integrated Energy Master Plan dashboard addresses the district’s large portfolio of buildings to reduce resource consumption, including electricity, natural gas, and water, through quantified optimizations over 5-15 years. The interactive TCO tool allows RCCD to holistically understand the true cost of ownership of any asset or investment as it considers not only the initial capital costs required but also the long-term operations costs, including human resources.
“Riverside Community College District believes sustainability requires a cultural transformation and the SCAP sets the foundation for its evergreen goals through the district strategic planning and integration process,” said Hussain Agah, RCCD Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning & Development. “This plan aims to outline a roadmap for RCCD to live sustainably and take an active role in responding to evolving environmental and climate challenges.”
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