LACCD Group Sustainability Meeting
February 27th 2009
The regular meeting of the LACCD Group Sustainability Meeting was called to order at 9:00AM on
February 27th 2009 at the LACCD – Board Room by David Beaulieu.
David Beaulieu, President, District Academic Senate; Marvin Martinez, Vice Chancellor for Economic &
Work Force Development; Diance McBride, LACCD; Beth Ables, Pierce College Architecture; John
Gimmer, ELAC Physical Sciences; Randy Adsit ELAC; Armando Rivera, ELAC & Director of MESA;
Chito Cajayon, LACCD; Grace Ishikawa CACT-LACCD; Marcia Wilson LATCC Sustainability
Coordinator; Lynn Winter Gross, Sustainability Coordinator, LACCD: Dee Patel, Sustainability
Consultant; Josue Lopez, student; Marcela Oliva, LATTC Architecture; Radina Valova, Sustainable
Works; Nancy Barba, Sustainable Works; Barent Roth Sustainable Works; Doug Stenhouse, Construction
David Beaulieu welcomed everyone. Introductions.
1. Update on application for federal grant LACCD / Sustainability Institute
David passed out the final version of the document to be used for the grant – this grant provides an
opportunity for us to set up something formal and to permanently institutionalize our passion and
commitment for sustainability – the funds would come from a Federal earmark. This is a District
wide grant for all 9 colleges; the Sustainability Institute will also have a regional impact. The
handout is the first step it specifies our mission, vision and plans to execute our intentions. The
Sustainability Institute through this grant would have a team of four people –three full time faculty
members with two administrative support personnel – this team will be working on different
dimensions of sustainability. It will be interdisciplinary, drawing from all disciplines geography,
sociology, politics, social sciences, architecture, planning science and IT. This center of excellence
will create and provide support – the core proposed components of the institute will include:-
Green Business Certification Center; Academic Enhancement strategy; Small Business
Development Service & Business Incubation to the Sustainability Industry; Short-term Training
and Workshop Seminars in Sustainability; Development of Green Teams at LACCD Campuses;
Los Angeles Region and District-Wide Design; Information-Exchange Forums and Virtual
David emphasized that the document is a result of our district-wide collaboration.
Though these areas of interest we can explore issues including global climate change, renewable
energy, transportation, water resource management, resource use, conscious consumption and
other issues that challenge our generation. Clearly each college is looking for a different kind of
support be it curriculum development to program enhancement – its become very apparent that
we will be absorbing great many students that are turned away from the fours year colleges and to
those who wish to be trained for the new green economy.
Marvin Martinez explained how the money would come down. We need to continue to refine what
we mean by sustainability institute. We need to address questions of who will manage it etc. We
need to be able to give a general idea of how we will spend the dollars. A strategic plan will allow
us to better represent ourselves at city meetings we want to avoid having representations form 9
colleges. By the end of the summer we will have an announcement and by fall the funds will be in
David Beaulieu announced the enhanced coordination meeting between CTE Deans and Faculty –
on Wednesday March 4th 2009, an open meeting to those whose schedule permits at the
Showroom across the road at 811 Wilshire Blvd.,
David relayed to the rest of the group that the Chancellor is very happy about the work being
done, as is Trustee Mona Fields.
2. Firestone (Southgate) represents a potential location for the Sustainability Institute
Firestone is a potential site if we are to have a physical location for the Sustainability Institute –
located near the Alameda Corridor – one million square feet of space i.e. approximately 17 acres.
It’s currently in escrow. We may also have an opportunity to buy the HON furniture center – that’s
another 17 acres. The space is contiguous this could eventually become the 10th site for a new
campus. No decisions have been made as to who would run it. There are as always lots of
opportunities for input, through the Bond Steering Committee, and the decision will be made by
the Chancellor with input from others. LA Southwest College and LA Trade are close to this site.
3. Student Engagement – Sustainable works
East will outreach into two high schools, this will increase to four latter in the program – Armando
Rivera Director of MESA and Chemistry professor at ELAC reported the objective is to target a
population who will graduate out of the Sustainability workshop and enter into ELAC. It will be
an effective tool for bringing more students into the STEM programs.
Valley will run two Sustainability Works programs one to be led by students with assistance from
Sustainable Works and the other fully operated by Sustainable works representatives.
City will be starting a pilot program with Sustainable Works. LA Pierce College is on board and
will begin by setting up meeting next week to determine a schedule etc. President Bob Garber is
the only president on our sustainability distribution list and an ardent supporter since its inception.
Sustainable Works will be heading a six week workshop commencing April 17 through May 22nd -
- funded out of VTEA funds for faculty training – this will provide an opportunity for the faculty
to share how they are infusing existing curriculum and identify area that need new curriculum /
new courses to better serve the needs of the green economy and become better feeder into the new
sustainability courses offered by the four year colleges.
4. Update Recycling effort campuses
Lynn Winter Gross reported -- LACCD have won the largest allocation of funds through their
annual grants offered by the Integrated waste Management Board; provides assistance in buying
desk side recycling bins of various specifications to supplement existing Recycling Programs. This
will replace the existing cardboard boxes with blue recycling bins – Dee secured this for us.
Marcia Wilson of Trade Tech reported back that they are starting a program to take back used oil
from their automotive technologies program and culinary schools to produce energy from waste.
David Beaulieu reported on the efforts of the of the Energy Task force – which consists of 7 to 8
people (Marvin, Don Gautier and David etc..) No doubt energy and environment are the biggest
challenges of our generation. We need to get to a low carbon economy. This effort is independent
of the Platinum policy. Our objective is to determine whether the existing energy plan pencil out.
There are various green energy technologies being presented to the campuses; we are to provide
an independent assessment. We have met twice. We need to consider whether we can endorse this
plan? Is it financially feasible?
5. Academic coordination update
Marcella Oliva updated the committee on the four new courses created this year by the LACCD
Architecture and Environmental Design Discipline Committee:
Sustainable Materials & Selection Methods Arc 153
Green Homes Energy Efficient Arc 156
Sustainable Environments 101
Sustainable Architecture 201
Armando Rivera, heading up the STEM grant at East--reported on several new courses being
created there, as well as the infusion of sustainability practices in a number of existing courses:
Architecture: Environmental Design 101; Environmental Design 102; Equipment of Buildings
– Arc 152; Building Information Modeling and Sustainable Design.
Biology: General Biology 7; Marine Biology; Environmental Biology; Environmental
Microbiology; General Ecology (Field Biology); Environmental Microbiology.
Chemistry: General Chemistry 101; General Chemistry 102; Environmental Chemistry.
Earth Sciences: Environmental Sciences Course & Laboratory; Physical Oceanography Course
& Laboratory; Climate Change; Environmental Studies 101; Environmental
Studies 102; Environmental Studies 103.
Engineering: Environmental Engineering
Mathematics: Probability for Statics with the Applications to the Social, Natural and Life
Ramon Posada ELAC is beginning work on an Environmental Ethics course
6. CTE coordination update
Diane McBride reported that the CTE co-ordination meeting on March 4
4 will make sustainability a focus and the objective is to develop new program and curriculum.
7. Update on California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program CALCTP
Dee Patel this is collaboration between the CA Energy Commission, CA Lighting Center, CA
Community Colleges, investor owned utilities, electrical contractors and electrical workers and
manufacturers of advanced lighting and lighting controls systems. Mission is energy conservation
through effective long term deployment of lighting efficiency and lighting controls system. This is
the second of the offering the last held in 2008. The LACCD have been instrumental in the
development of the curriculum and providing assistance in training peers at CA community
colleges. There are three training sessions in place commencing February 27 th through March 23rd
2009. The CA State Chancellors office has been helpful in finding candidates to receive the
training from across CA.
Meeting Adjourned by David Beaulieu.
Next Meeting: March 27, 2009. Downtown again (with the next two
meetings at Valley and Trade, respectively).