Community College Faculty Forum: Energy Generation & Energy Efficiency
Hosted by the Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Consortium
Long Beach City College
March 5, 2010
College Name College Name
Joanna Foong AutoTouch Faucets LA/OC Regional Consortium Lyla Eddington
LA Trade Tech College David Scott
Cerritos College Terry Price Robinson
Department of Energy Clean LA Valley College
Cities JoAnn Armenta Ralph Krongold
DJH Construction Don Harris NOCCCD Dave McCormac
DJH Construction Shahin Haynes NOCCCD Norma Alvarado
East LA College Humberto Gallegos Orange Coast College Gloria Ortiz-Ayala
East LA College Kamy Khashayn Pasadena City College Sam Abedzadeh
El Camino College Hiram Hironaka Pierce College Richard Skidmore
El Camino College Karen Hess Reliable Energy Ron Garcia
El Camino College Lynn Fielding RSCCD Elisabeth Pechs
El Camino College Rodriguez Rio Hondo College David Lindy
El Camino College Steve Cocca Saddleback College Barbara Cox
El Camino College Vic Cafarchia Saddleback College Eugene Evancoe
Glendale Community College David Martin Saddleback College John Richards
Glendale Community College Scott Rubke Saddleback College Ken Lee
Interior Removal Specialist,
Inc. Richard Ludt Saddleback College Martin Welc
Long Beach City College Christine Stewart Santa Ana College Susan Sherod
Long Beach City College Greg Shulz Santa Monica College Stuart Cooley
Long Beach City College Lynn Shaw Santa Monica College Vicki Drake
Long Beach City College Mike Mercadante South Bay WIB Robert Meija
Long Beach City College Patrick Heeb Southern California Edison Felix Oduyemi
Long Beach City College Southern California Gas
Tim Shoemaker Company Dennis Lord
LA Mission College Thomas Nagel U.S. Green Building Council Lance Williams
Training Center Linda Bouman West LA College Kenneth Taira
LA/OC Environmental Cynthia Verdugo-
Training Center Vanessa Quiroz-Rios SEETA Peralta
I. Welcome & Introductions: Dr. Lynn Shaw introduced Dr. Lyla Eddington who briefly
spoke about the role of the LA/OC Regional Consortium. Dr. Shaw then introduced the
moderator of the event, Stuart Cooley.
II. Sharing of Best Practices and Curriculum: Each attending college had the opportunity
to share which courses are currently being offered or being developed on their campus.
Seventeen of the twenty-eight community colleges in the LA and Orange counties were
III. Program Approval Process – Lyla briefly spoke about the program approval process.
Any program 12 units or over have to be approved by the state before the units can be
placed on transcripts. They must go through LOWDL for approval prior to being sent to the
State. Information on the program approval process is currently being revised but the
current process can be located on the LAOCRC.com website.
IV. Industry Panel:
Dr. Lance Williams, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council –The U.S. Green
Building Council has a partnership with the Los Angeles Community College District
to do some training in sustainability with all nine campuses. The goal is to provide a
framework for educating people by integrating sustainability practices into
academic education. The role of the U.S. Green Building Council is to interact with
curricula and industry. If you are a faculty member within the Los Angeles
Community College District and want to start a relationship with the U.S. Green
Building Council you may contact them. They are even willing to come speak at
campuses outside of the Los Angeles Community College District. Contact
information: email@example.com or (213) 689-9707.
Cynthia Verdugo-Peralta, Strategic Energy, Environmental & Transportation
Alternatives (SEETA) – Provided a presentation on advanced transportation
technology. Cynthia is an Air Pollution Control/Energy-Efficiency Specialist. Contact
information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 777-7729.
JoAnn Armenta, Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities – The DOE is looking at
long-term sustainability in curriculum. The goal is to instill behavior change on
current demands. Consumer consumption begins in the learning institutions. They
want to engage students in the beginning and take a holistic approach. They would
like a shift in paradigm in the usage of resources and create sustainable
communities. Contact information: Joann@purposefocused.org or (562) 587-1074.
Dennis Lord, Public Affairs, Southern California Gas Company – Changing behavior is
key. On March 11, 2010 at the CPUC, they are approving the advanced metering
infrastructure. This will eliminate 960 jobs of which 160 are full-time employees
and the rest are part-time employees. The turnover rate for the part-time employees
is 80%. With the new infrastructure new jobs will be created to maintain the new
system. Southern California Gas Company will retrain employees to handle the new
jobs. The new infrastructure will allow a person to dial into the interface from their
home computer to see usage. Intelligence in appliances will help change behavior as
well. Contact information DLord@semprautilities.com or (310) 732-4242.
Felix Oduyemi, Southern California Edison, Smart Grid – So. Cal Edison is looking
into the future for changes. Currently 21,000 megawatts are generated everyday
with usage in the range of 10,000-11,000 megawatts daily. They are looking at a 2-
way electrical transmission so that the energy that is generated by homeowners and
not used can be transmitted back to the energy company and the homeowner will
receive a check for the extra energy. They need students who can work on the
electrical smart grid this includes knowledge of technology as well as electrical
components. They are integrating digital technology. If you would like information
on the National Broadband Plan visit the FCC website. Contact information:
Richard Ludt, Waste Management Administrator/LEED A.P., Interior Removal
Specialists, Inc. – They specialize in construction and demolition debris. A939
required the state of California to recycle a minimum of 50% their solid waste. Cities
can face up to $10,000 a day if not at 50% recycle. A loophole exists - to meet this
requirement cities calculate in the amount of green waste used at landfills. To close
the loophole they want to up the amount from 50% to 75% minimum. Currently
construction and demolition recycling is at 70% for cities and states. The items that
are recycled are drywall, carpet, ceiling tile, etc. If you need more information you
may contact Richard directly. If you need materials such as chairs, desks, cabinets,
etc, you may contact Richard as well. Contact information: Richard@irsdemo.com or
(323) 357-6900 ext. 242.
V. Tour of Electrical Department – Attendees were encouraged to take a tour of the
electrical department as well as see some of the displays available.
VI. Workforce Investment Board Presentation-
Robert Meija, South Bay WIB/California Green Workforce Coalition provided a
presentation on the green workforce development.
Dr. Lance Williams, U.S. Green Building Council also provided a presentation and
stressed the idea of hiring first and training later.
Joanna Foong, Regional Vice President, AutoTouch Faucets provide some
information on the auto touch faucet. The faucet helps with water conservation. It
not only helps conserve water it also helps save gas and energy.
Ron Garcia, Reliable Energy stated the new energy efficiency technologies and
energy efficiency methods have helped his business double in size with over 122
employees and growing. This year they will make 35,000 homes energy efficient.
VIII. Next Steps (if any!):
Lyla Eddington asked the group for feedback related to today’s meeting. The following
suggestions were made for the next meeting.
Focus on Solar Thermal
Conduct a “Train the Trainer” session. Suggested Brian Herd from East Los Angeles
Skill Center and/or Tom Chatagnier from Diablo Valley College.
Business Panel that clearly addresses the Employers and related jobs skills in the
area of Solar Thermal.
More time allowed to talk with other faculty.
Session on grant opportunities related to Clean Technology and Sustainability.
Maybe hold session after lunch and invite grant writer to join faculty at this
IX. Next Meeting:
Next meeting at Southern California Gas Company (if available) on May 7, 2010 from 9:00
AM – 2:00 PM.
Minutes Recorded by Jessica Gallardo, LA/OC Regional Consortium