Students in the Sustainability Program shoveling dirt.

Projects

We are proud to be the only community college and one of just a few institutions chosen by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in its Zero Net Energy program. HCC has chosen multiple projects to be implemented through this program, including upgrades to building systems, window replacements, stairwell insulation, weather-stripping and more.

Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines

A form of clean energy created by differences in air pressure and temperature in the atmosphere, wind turbines are becoming an increasingly important source of renewable energy.

 
Phantom Power Reduction

Phantom Power Reduction

Even when they're turned off, electronic devices that are plugged into wall sockets constantly draw energy, a phenomena known as phantom power usage. What is HCC doing to reduce energy costs? What can you do? Find out!

 
Greenhouse Upgrades

Greenhouse Upgrades

A great space for classes such as botany and sustainable agriculture, HCC's greenhouse is separated into two spaces to allow different temperature set points and improved controls.

 
Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Setting up storage tanks to capture rainwater means that in times of drought, HCC has what it needs to maintain our landscape and organic garden. You can do the same thing at home!

 
Lighting Controls

Lighting Controls

Daylight sensors and dimming ballasts on light controls can make a huge difference in energy consumption, at home and at HCC.

 
Photovoltaic/Thermal Solar

Photovoltaic/Thermal Solar

By combining photovoltaic and thermal systems, we get the best of both options and save money.

 
 

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