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Happy trails to Bob Tamillo, known to his friends and coworkers as “Bobby T.” Today marks his last day at the City Colleges of Chicago, where he completed 401 planning and construction projects over the last 28 years. He has been a facilities planner for the past 50 years, and has found his work exciting, challenging and fulfilling. 

Best wishes in retirement to him and his wife Bonnie (also retiring today from the UIC Medical Center).

In just half an hour, we welcome Mini Abe to Wright College! Click here to learn more about this EV Road Trip event. 

This summer, we are installing solar panels at Daley College! Check out the photos of the installation. 

In just a few minutes, power down! CCC is participating in a District-wide energy curtailment exercise to test our energy reduction capabilities. The goal is to establish and maintain the ability to meet energy grid reduction requirement in times of peak energy usage. 
This will help the city of Chicago avoid “brownouts” which are caused by increased demand for electricity, often in the summer when thousands of homes are running their AC’s.
Reduce your energy use for just one hour! 

In just a few minutes, power down! CCC is participating in a District-wide energy curtailment exercise to test our energy reduction capabilities. The goal is to establish and maintain the ability to meet energy grid reduction requirement in times of peak energy usage.

This will help the city of Chicago avoid “brownouts” which are caused by increased demand for electricity, often in the summer when thousands of homes are running their AC’s.

Reduce your energy use for just one hour! 

Sustainability at CCC  would like to congratulate our 2014 Bike2Campus week winner Nestor Zavala, a student at Harold Washington College! Nestor was a top participant during the annual, city-wide Bike2Campus week which took place during Earth Week last month.
For his participation Nestor was awarded a one year Divvy Bikes membership to use for easy, fast and fun commuting around town. A big thanks to Nestor and all who participated! 

Sustainability at CCC  would like to congratulate our 2014 Bike2Campus week winner Nestor Zavala, a student at Harold Washington College! Nestor was a top participant during the annual, city-wide Bike2Campus week which took place during Earth Week last month.

For his participation Nestor was awarded a one year Divvy Bikes membership to use for easy, fast and fun commuting around town. A big thanks to Nestor and all who participated! 

We’re celebrating Earth Day today at Wright College! Here are some of our students making bird feeders (at Wilbur Wright College)

Today, we celebrated Earth Day at City Colleges of Chicago! The Harold Washington College community took a #GlobalSelfie this afternoon, Commissioner Mariyana Spyropolous of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District presented at Truman College, and students planted three trees at Wright College.

Spyropolous talked about the Chicago region’s impact on the environment and how the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant is the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, serving 2.38 million people over 260 square miles. 

Click here to learn more about how what CCC is doing every day to be green.

Today marks the start of Bike 2 Campus Week at CCC! We’re involved in a friendly competition with other schools, so ride, track and gain points! Visit Bike2Campus.com for full rules and details. 

Also this week, look out for special deals this week from Divvy Bikes, and visit our website for tips on how to bike safe to CCC. Above all, wear your helmet and ride safe! 

If you’re interested in helping out, tomorrow is the annual Olive-Harvey College Spring Wetland Cleanup. Contact Professor Oliver Pergams at opergams@ccc.edu and learn more about the Wetland here: http://www.cccwetland.org/.

A great group photo of CCC staff attending Pittcon, the world’s largest annual conference and expo on laboratory science! 

Science rules.

City Colleges of Chicago’s 2013 Recycling Report

At City Colleges of Chicago, we are continuously working to improve our recycling numbers. In 2013 we transitioned to a single-stream recycling effort, which means we can put all recyclable items into one blue bin instead of in separate recycle bins. District-wide, this change has reduced the amount of recyclable goods that end up in landfills and has resulted in a 20-percent increase in City Colleges’ recycling rate (compared to 2012).

In 2013, City Colleges of Chicago recycled a total of 212.18 tons of waste, which is about 16% of the total waste district-wide. This waste reduction is equivalent to 566.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. It also means that the amount recycled by City Colleges of Chicago in 2013 had the green house gas equivalent of 63,511 gallons of gasoline being burned and also equals the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered in one year by 464 acres of U.S. forests.

*For more detailed information/data on waste and recycling at City Colleges of Chicago, visit our website or contact our Sustainability Manager John Brophy via email at jbrophy3@ccc.edu.

Congrats to CCC’s very own Bob Jones, Chief Engineer at Arturo Velasquez Institute, the satellite campus of Daley College, who was named the 2014 Man of the Year by the Chief Engineers Association of Chicagoland! Chief Engineer Jones has been at Arturo Velasquez Institute for 18 years, and has been a member of the Chief Engineers Association for 10 years.

Bob’s work at Arturo Velasquez was featured in the June 2013 issue of Chief Engineer. Bob embodies the ethos of the Association, that “Anything that can be done, can be done better.” The Chief Engineers Association also organizes charitable donations to families of the National Guard and Armed Services.  Thanks to Bob and to all of our Building Engineers, and Happy Valentine’s Day!