At HCC, we are commited to energy conservation and efficiency. We have taken many steps such as becoming one of the first signatories of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), measuring our carbon footprint, developing our Climate Action Plan, committing to climate neutrality by 2050, completing a third party energy audit, adopting a LEED Silver policy for all new construction, and continuous improvements such as motion sensors. Please read our efforts in the following website pages. We always welcome and appreicate feedback and ideas.

Resham Shirsat,, 813-757-2136.


Check out our Energy and Emissions video with students Ashley Young and Sasha Berrio

created by our friends at Hawk TV!

HCC Sustainability at Work: More Building Space, Reduced Energy Costs!

Raise your hand if you believe that HCC can add thousands of square feet of space, yet reduce energy costs. Are you still wondering if you can raise your hand? Well,  raise your hand as high as you can because our institution, our college, has just done that! Read more here.

 college energy graph


 2011/2012 KWHs

2012/2013 KWHs 



 July  2,921,273  2,720,446  -8.5
 August  3,064,353  2,907,495  -5.1
 September  3,216,507  2,822,832  -12.2
 October  2,989,586  2,988,888  0
 November  2,719,537  2,654,085  -2.4
 December  2,647,279  2,442,294  -7.7
 January  2,363,862  2,192,208  -7.3
 February  2,474,258  2,242,355  -9.4
 March  2,461,306  2,193,267  -10.9
 April  2,661,511  2,268,233 -14.8
 May  2,709,140  2,301,487  -15
 June  2,669,109  2,321,957  -13
 Totals:  32,897,721  30,008,827  -8.8

View the Brandon Campus Solar PV System Dashboard here, displaying both real time and historical data.

green training  Brandon Solar Panel

did you know?turn off computer

A computer left on overnight uses 1 Kwh of electricity; if 1,000 people turned off their computers when they went home [from work], they would save 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions every year (Greening Your Office, Jon Clift & Amanda Cuthbert). HCC has over 2,500 employees!




John H. Parker, FIU and Gloria Anita


  • Set your thermostat at 83 degrees F when leaving home for 5 hours or more
  • Set you Air Conditioning unit at 78 degrees F for comfort and efficiency
  • Install ceiling fans in all frequently occupied rooms - particularly bedrooms
  • Then, Raise A/C thermostats by 2 degrees for the same comfort level.
  • Keep windows and doors tightly closed, pull drapes at night
  • Change your A/C filter monthly, dirty filter reduces the efficieny of your A/C
  • Install a light reflective roof or coat current roof with reflective coating which can reduce A/C consumption by up to 25%
  • Increase attic insulation to R30 or add a radiant barrier
  • Plant drought-resistant native shade trees (such as oaks or gumbo limbos) on the east, south and west sides of the house. It can reduce A/C consumption by about 20%

*Consider buying a high-efficiency A/C unit (SEER of 16or higher) instead of doing major repairs on your old one.


  • Turning Down the thermostat on your heater to 115F
  • Insultate your water heater and all hot water pipes
  • Do as much clothes washing as possible with cold water (use cold water detergents)

*Replacing your unit with a solar water heater can reduce energy use by 70%!


  • Set your refrigerator at about 40F and freezer at about 4F
  • Clean the condenser coils of the unit to maximize efficiency (Use a brush or vacuum)
  • Don't allow Frost to build up in your freezer
  • Replace old gaskets that leak cold air from the fridge


  • Switch to CFL light bulbs to save up to 75% in lighting
  • Turn off lights when not in use, even for short time periods
  • Decorate with lighter colors to take advantage of natural light
  • Use task lighting to illuminate the work areas
  • Replace holiday light/spot lights/down light with super-efficient LED lights


  • Hook up all your electronics on power strips and turn them off when not in use
  • Unplug ipod, cell phone, and camera chargers when not in use
  • Use cold water for washing light and dark clothes (use a coldwater detergent)
  • Use your clothes washer and dishwasher only with full loads
  • Clean the dryer lint filter after every load

*Always Consider Buying Energy Efficient Electronics And Appliance (Particularly Front-loading Clothes Washer) Instead of Repairing Old Ones.


  • Istall low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce water use
  • Install water-sense labeled toilets. Ahousehold could save $90 per year in reduced water costs
  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Plant primrily drought-tolerant native trees and shurbs and mulch heavily to reduce watering requirements
  • Reduce lawn area by planting ground cover
  • Water your lawn and plants in the early mourning to reduce evaporation losses and no more than once a week- this will save you money and make your lawn healthier
  • Defrost food in the refrierator a day ahead or mircowave; don't use running water