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Chaffey College was recently awarded the 2019 California Community Colleges Board of Governors Energy and Sustainability Award for its solar carport project. The school was one of a dozen state community colleges honored earlier this month in Sacramento for sustainability initiatives that save tax payers more than two million dollars annually. “Our duty to our community is to be fiscally and environmentally responsible,” said Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon. “Our solar project not only accomplishes both, but it also serves as a teaching tool and a model for our students to follow in their own lives.”    According to school officials, Chaffey College’s solar carports now located at all three campuses, provide enough energy to meet 90 percent of the institution’s energy needs and will save the college district more than $28 million in energy costs over the life of the project.  Chaffey’s solar carport project is the largest of its kind at a California community college and the 2019 California Community Colleges Board of Governors Energy and Sustainability Award is just the latest among numerous honors the project has received, including the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Solar Builder Magazine in 2018. Chaffey College’s Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services, Melanie Siddiqi, accepted the award at the Board of Governors meeting on behalf of the district. “We consider sustainability a top priority at Chaffey College,” she said. “In addition to our solar carports, we’ve installed new electric vehicle charging ports on our campuses in the last year and have reduced CO2 emissions by about 1,000 kilograms so far.”

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