Hagerstown Community College recently was accepted into the Maryland Green Registry, a voluntary, self-certification program that provides resources to aid organizations in adopting green practices to help protect the environment.
HCC was accepted into the Maryland Green Registry based on its management and leadership, waste disposal, energy use, renewable energy initiatives and water management. The college recycles paper, glass, plastic and cardboard, and contracts with Daycon Inc. to purchase green cleaning products and custodial supplies.
In terms of energy usage, HCC operates a central heating and cooling plant that houses two large boilers, as well as two large chillers. A new variable speed drive recently was installed to reduce energy costs and has saved more than $30,000 to date.
To conserve water, HCC included six bioretention ponds into the design and construction of the Career Programs Building, which was renovated in 2008. The ponds are designed to absorb water flow from parking lots and roof drains, allowing water to drain slowly into the main culvert.