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Alamo Colleges Honors Community Partners of the Year

At a special back-to-school kick-off dinner, A Celebration of Partnerships, the Alamo Colleges presented... Read More >

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Alamo Colleges Honors Community Partners of the Year

At a special back-to-school kick-off dinner, A Celebration of Partnerships, the Alamo Colleges presented... Read More >

Parking News

Students can now park on campus without a decal

New for fall! Students, you no longer need a decal on your vehicle in order to park in student designated parking at any Alamo Colleges locations. Read More >

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Alamo Colleges Names New Board Officers

At their regular meeting July 29, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees elected new officers. Approved by acclamation were... Read More >

UTSA, Alamo Colleges partnership provides research opportunities for students

UTSA, Alamo Colleges partnership provides research opportunities for students

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Alamo Colleges have launched a new partnership this summer that is giving community college students the opportunity... Read More >

Secretary of Labor Tours Alamo Colleges Academy

Secretary of Labor Tours Alamo Colleges Academy

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez met with Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and others recently and toured the Alamo Colleges Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy. Read More >

Alamo Colleges/Mission Solar Energy LLC Awarded $382,796 Job Training Grant

Alamo Colleges/Mission Solar Energy LLC Awarded $382,796 Job Training Grant

At a press conference July 15, the Alamo Colleges announced a partnership with Mission Solar LLC to provide job training for 270 new workers using a $382,796 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Names Two New College Presidents

Alamo Colleges Names Two New College Presidents

The Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees approved Dr. Robert Vela as president of San Antonio College and Dr. Ric Neal Baser as president of Northwest Vista College. They were named to their positions as Dr. Robert Zeigler of San Antonio College and Dr. Jaqueline Claunch... Read More >

Community Event - Schertz Feature

College Hosts First Community Listening Session

Northeast Lakeview College requests business and community input at the first in a series of Community Listening Sessions Read More >

Alamo Colleges Names Mills Internal Auditor

Alamo Colleges Names Mills Internal Auditor

Matt Mills, a veteran audit professional with more than 18 years experience in both external and internal audit, has been named as the internal auditor for the Alamo Colleges. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Awards Record Number of Degrees and Certificates

Alamo Colleges Awards Record Number of Degrees and Certificates

The Alamo Colleges continues to make significant progress on achieving greater student success, with a record 6,371 degrees and certificates awarded to students in FY 2013... Read More >

Becton, Dickinson and Co. Partners with Alamo Colleges for $450,027 Job-Training Grant

Becton, Dickinson and Co. Partners with Alamo Colleges for $450,027 Job-Training Grant

Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD) has partnered with Alamo Colleges to provide job training using a $450,027 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission... Read More >

Innovative Ideas Help the Alamo Colleges Conserve Energy and Water and Save Money!

The Facilities Team would like to share with you the latest cost cutting ideas that have resulted from the Alamo Ideas initiative.
 
Building Shutdowns Expanded To All Holidays and Breaks
 
As a cost saving measure over the last few years, the Alamo Colleges have switched to a four-day week during June and July, with a "no use of buildings" policy in effect for Fridays during this time. Exceptions are made in special circumstances.
 
Now, this policy has been expanded to encompass all scheduled holidays and breaks, in order to realize additional utility and operational cost savings. During these holiday/break periods, building energy use will be reduced by turning off lights and air conditioning, although all power to buildings will not be shut off.
 
Not all buildings will be equally affected. Buildings that will be considered for shutdown are those that are  non-critical (classrooms and office areas) and on the central plant distribution loops. Critical buildings that are required to operate during shutdown periods and those not on the central plant distribution loops will be used to house activities/special events that cannot be canceled. The use of these buildings will help minimize utility costs in situations that are unavoidable.
 
For buildings that will be shut down the following actions will be taken to reduce energy consumption:
• Temperature setpoints during unoccupied hours in the summer will be set at 85-87 degrees
• Temperature setpoints during unoccupied hours in the winter will be set at 60-65 degrees
• All computers will be shut down. IT can  implement energy savings utilities for all computers remotely
• Non-essential equipment will be turned off
 
For exceptions to the full utility shut downs, the respective college president has to approve this request after submitting the request and justification to facilities.
 
 
Set the Thermostats to Save
 
Keep a sweater or jacket handy this winter as the Alamo Colleges implement a new policy to keep room temperatures within the recommended limits for optimum energy conservation. You may not even notice the difference, but it will save us $250,000 in FY13.
 
FYI—the majority of Alamo Colleges' buildings are on a temperature control system with standardized settings. As a new policy, these settings will be put into practice district-wide. Thermostats will be set at 69 degree for heating in winter and 74 degrees for cooling in summer, with a two degree variance allowed. This should save on energy costs while still maintaining a comfortable workplace. It will mean, however, that building temperatures cannot be adjusted to meet individual temperature perceptions. For questions about specific building/room temperatures, please contact:
NLC Facilities Hotline:  486-5666 (David Wissmann, Mae Taylor-Landry or Mike Salazar)
NVC Facilities Hotline: 486-4888 (Vanessa Valenzuela, Tony Bravo or Bernie Zertuche)
PAC Facilites Hotline: 486-3888 (Sergio Rivera, Monica Boyd or Marina Lopez)
SAC Facilities Hotline: 486-1235 (David Ortega, Mary Abundis or Rebecca Munoz)
SPC Facilities Hotline:  486-2888 (Sherry Toliver, Melinda Viagran or Paula Mata-Williams)
Sheridan St. Complex: 485-0194 (Rick Nix or Elia Faz)
 
Houston St. issues may be addressed by contacting either the SAC or Sheridan St. contact.
8300 and 7990 Pat Booker Rd. issues may be addressed by contacting NLC hotline.
 
 
Our Landscaping Is Getting Greener To Save Water and $$$$
 
We're also making some changes in the landscaping at all the Alamo Colleges' locations in order to realize a potential $300,000 savings on our irrigation costs in FY13.
 
Watering schedules may be adjusted or reduced, and high water use plantings, such as grass, will be replaced with drought-tolerant plantings wherever possible. So if the grass is a little less green in places, just remember it means we're getting greener to conserve water and save money.
 
Thank you for  your cooperation as we strive to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.

 

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