Copper Mountain College Takes the First Step in Going Green

    September 30, 2009

    JOSHUA TREE, Ca –Today Copper Mountain College took its first step in going green on the Joshua Tree Campus.

    The project which began Monday will upgrade the existing lighting system with new technology that utilizes lower wattage lamps and ballasts while incorporating new occupancy sensors to shut off lights when the space is unoccupied.

    In June of this year the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees approved an agreement with Chevron Energy Services for a full energy conservation project. While this is just the first phase, this stage will include covered parking with mounted solar panels for 50% of the campus, solar trash compactors throughout the campus, as well as replacement of out dated air conditioners and furnaces with up to date energy efficient ones. In addition, the energy project includes the construction of a wind turbine and the installation of an energy management system.

    “The retrofitting is only a first step, the college will be developing curriculum that is going to allow students to train on the equipment” Joe Olson, Vice President of Business Services. He continues, “As the American economy transforms itself into a green economy, community colleges will become increasingly important. We will need educated technicians whose skills can cross industry lines and those are community college graduates.”

    Copper Mountain College hopes to have the classroom retrofits complete by the start of the fall semester so that there will be no disruption to classes. For more information on this project or for general information regarding Copper Mountain College, visit us at or call 760.366.3791.