To date, HCC has saved over $3 million dollars through the conservation changes, with continuing savings expected. We are committed to energy conservation and efficiency. We have taken many steps such as developing our Climate Action Plan, committing to climate neutrality by 2050, completing a third party energy audit and master plan, adopting a LEED Silver policy for all new construction, and by making constant improvements. We are proud to announce that HCC is the first community college in Florida to commit to a totally green campus at our SouthShore location. With our partnership with Trane we provide access to our live recording of our energy input for our college, as well as the solar power gathered from our Brandon Campus.
Solar picnic tables are used by students at HCC to charge laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices while being able to enjoy sitting outside. This reduces our energy consumption while also providing wellness opportunities associated with fresh air and sunshine.
In 2010, HCC partnered with Trane to complete a major overhaul of our electrical systems. We installed environmentally friendly lights and motion sensors to reduce our energy use. We are committed to reducing our energy consumption as well as our carbon footprint. While our enrollment continuously grows we want to make sure that our energy demand is kept to a minimum. With our growth comes the opportunity to set an example for not only our students, but for our community.