Campus Sustainability Improvements

Repurpose, reduce, reuse, rethink, recycleRecycling

  • Beverage containers
  • Metals
  • Cardboard
  • Pallets
  • Packaging materials
  • Furniture recycling and reuse
  • Shredded paper
  • VTC white paper pickup
  • Construction materials
  • White goods 


  • Grass mulching
  • Tree waste chipped and used for landscape mulch
  • Low-water use vegetation – use of native plants
  • Drop irrigation
  • Weather-based irrigation controls – based on evaporation rates and temp
  • Low-flow irrigation spray heads
  • Low-maintenance landscapes
  • Irrigation water separate from potable water – switching to well water
  • High nitrate well water reduces need for fertilizer
  • Storm water retention basins. 

Hazardous Materials

  • Recycling chemicals and paints
  • Recycling universal waste – light tubes, batteries, incandescent bulbs, light ballasts
  • Recycling electronic waste – computers, printers, monitors, radios, televisions, copiers
  • Recycling automotive oils, greases, and antifreeze
  • Utilizing non-hazardous parts cleaners
  • Recycling vehicle batteries and tires
  • Recycling used vehicles either through auction or scrap metal 

Paper Reduction

  • Electronic communications – Email – myHancock Website
  • Two-sided copying
  • Recycled content copy paper
  • Book Rentals
  • Book buy-back program
  • Electronic textbooks
  • Books available to the library on loan 

Facilities Efforts

  • Automated energy management systems for HVAC and lighting
  • Timers and photo-sensors on parking lot and perimeter building lighting
  • lighting dual-function occupancy sensors
  • Updating HVAC system using less energy
  • Updating lighting systems using less energy – moving to LED technology
  • Replacing old boilers with high-efficiency units
  • Utilizing multi-stage tankless water heaters
  • Carpets from recycled materials – use of carpet squares for less waste
  • Low VOC paints and stains
  • Electric hand dryers
  • Green chemicals for cleaning
  • Waterless urinals
  • Automatic controls on water faucets and toilets
  • Recycling/trash bins
  • Installation of water bottle filling stations
  • Skylights for natural lighting
  • Parking lots – grinding asphalt – reusing as base materials
  • Solar roof panels for electrical savings ( new childcare center) 


  • Updating from older vehicles to more efficient vehicles
  • Switchover to electric vehicles
  • Additional bicycle racks
  • Additional walkways
  • Bus stops – adding more in the future 

Recycled Products Purchased

  • Entry mats and fatigue mats
  • Plastic piping for storm sewers
  • Copy paper
  • Recycled content paper towels and toilet paper
  • Shop towels


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Yazmin Perez

Yazmin Perez
Administration of Justice Student

"I came to Allan Hancock College with no plan or goal. The friendly staff here helped me see all the opportunities that are available and helped me shape my goals. The administration of justice program inspired me to look at jobs I never thought I would find. My goal now is to transfer to a four-year university."

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