Sustainability at TMCC

Solar Panel Array

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the observed trend data on 37 climate indicators reflects evidence of long-term changes to our climate. The science reflects that these changes are having an adverse impact on the environment and human health. When we assess the needs of our time, the prominent, pressing issue of climate change emerges.

It is a pivotal moment on the human timescale.

TMCC is a large, influential collection of people with the ability to advance understanding and mobilize resources to create meaningful partnerships with our campus and our community. Under the direction and encouragement of the TMCC President's Office, the College is setting an ambitious course to become a leading contributor to the building of a more sustainable future.

Beginning with the 2016 Fall Semester, TMCC is increasing its efforts to bring awareness to the need for better, more earth-friendly practices. We invite you to join us in helping TMCC and the community we serve become a larger part of a healthy and sustainable future.

Contact us for more information about how to get involved.

Hydration Stations

TMCC has installed Brita® Hydration Stations®, and other water bottle filling stations, in multiple locations All units are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Filters are replaced in each unit every 2,500 gallons.

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Locations

  • Dandini Campus
    • RDMT First Floor (near Testing Services, RDMT 124)
    • RDMT First Floor (near DISCO, RDMT 114)
    • RDMT Second Floor (near RDMT 200)
    • RDMT Second Floor (near RDMT 242) 
    • RDMT Third Floor (near RDMT 315 office complex)
    • VSTA First Floor (near VSTA B106)
    • SIER First Floor (near SIER 100)
  • Meadowood Center
    • First Floor
    • Second Floor
    • Third Floor
  • Pennington Health Science Center
    • Near Water Fountains (near HSC 104)
  • Pennington Applied Tech Center
    • First Floor 
    • Second Floor 

The installation of these Brita Hydration Stations at TMCC was made possible by a $12,000 donation from the 2016-17 Student Government Association (SGA), matched by TMCC.

The Brita Hydration Stations are manufactured by Haws Corporation, including materials provided by Western Nevada Supply. Haws Corporation also donated engraving to acknowledge SGA’s contribution.

Students Demonstrate Hydration Station

Plastics represent one of the fastest growing categories of materials used and disposed of in our nation today. Americans generated 33 million tons of plastics in 2013, which is nearly 13% of our solid waste stream. Of this, only 9% of plastics were recycled in 2013.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Conserving Resources

TMCC joins many colleges around the nation in adopting water bottle-filling stations. This is one of many projects the College is undertaking to conserve resources, in the same spirit as using energy efficiently and creating renewable energy in solar panels.

Benefits include:

  • By reducing the number of single-use bottles consumed at our institution, TMCC is reducing the amount of waste these single-use bottles produce and the carbon footprint their production, distribution and disposal creates.
  • Northern Nevada has limited water resources, and stations will minimize the water that goes down the drain, in contrast to the use of a water fountain.
  • Conserving water is another way that TMCC reduces the ecological footprint of the institution on the environment.
  • The Brita® Hydration Stations® provide the ability to measure impact; TMCC will be able to calculate how many single-use bottles have been removed from the solid waste disposal stream which ends in our landfills. The positive impact will continue for generations of students.

Alternative Transportation Options

Vista Building Electric Car Charging Station

In an effort to help reduce the carbon footprint of commuting to TMCC, the College is committed to providing alternative transportation options such as carpooling, biking, bus passes and electric vehicle charging stations.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

TMCC has two Verdek Electric vehicle charging stations to serve its students, faculty, staff and visitors at the Dandini Campus. These stations are located in the parking area south of the Vista Building on the Dandini Campus. Anyone may use the charging stations by registering on the Charge Point website and receiving a free Charge Point card.

Discounted Bus Passes

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) provides bus service to TMCC's Dandini Campus. The RTC sells discounted bus passes to TMCC students. Students must show their TMCC ID to purchase passes, as well as to use the passes on RTC buses. You may purchase your TMCC bus pass at the Accounting Services Cashier’s Office.

Carpooling

Carpooling is a great way to reduce the cost of transportation and the carbon footprint of commuting to class. TMCC's SGA is developing a carpooling bulletin board in Canvas so that students may connect with others interested in carpooling.

Educational Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

See Also: TMCC Programs and Resources