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At a glance calendar:

Sustainability Highlights:

New bicycle parking and bicycle loan program building taking shape.

In June, Lane broke ground on a new fully secure and covered bicycle parking garage for bicycle and bicycle and bus commuters to Lane, which will be called the Lane Bike Rack. This building will also house Lane bicycle loan program, Bike Lane. Work is progressing rapidly and the facility will be open for commuters and patrons of Bike Lane in mid September. Stay tuned for more updates and Grand Opening information.

Bike Lane excavation

Bike Lane concrete forms

Bike Lane Concrete

Bike Lane Masonry

Climate Action information sessions

In 2011, Lane Community College approved a climate action plan to become carbon neutral by 2050. Guided by the Climate Action Plan, the college has taken considerable actions to achieve this goal. As outlined in the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, Lane Community College, led by the Institute for Sustainable Practices, will revise the climate action plan to introduce timelines and milestones for each climate strategy as we work toward carbon neutrality. ISP is reintroducing the topic to the college and the community, provide a timeline for revision and approval, and inform interested parties how to provide feedback.

All of the information sessions will take place in Building 19, Room 232.

Energy Efficiency
Monday, April 17th 
Talk 1:00pm-1:30pm
Open drop-in session: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Renewable Energy
Thursday, April 27
Talk and tour: 1:00pm-1:45pm
Open drop-in session: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Transportation and Land Use
Monday, May 1
Talk: 1:00pm-1:45pm
Open drop-in session: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Reduced Waste and Purchasing
Monday, May 8th
Talk and tour: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Open drop-in session: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Monday, May 15th
Talk: 2:00pm-2:30pm
Open drop-in session: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Please join us!


Lane Community College selected to work with the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Lab

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Lane Community College was recently selected to work with the NationalRenewable Energy Lab (NREL) to update its Solar Master Plan. Lane will be receiving technical assistance to assess, rank, and prioritize solar electric projects using criteria that identifies the top 5 most beneficial and cost effective projects that move the college toward achieving it’s goal of generating about 6,000,000 kwh/year of renewable energy by 2050. College staff will work with NREL technical staff to determine the feasibility of siting installations, collecting solar insolation information, matching types of solar electric array and racking systems to existing locations, and delivering a tool for the college to continue to use to rank solar electrical projects. Lane's goal is to identify the first project and use the outcomes of the technical assistance to apply for funding resources like local or state grants, community donors, capital improvement money, etc to install it with in 3 years of the completion of NREL’s technical assistance.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Awarded

national science foundation logoLane Community College has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to fund an Independent Learner Energy Education Design (iLEED) project led by Energy/Water Education Programs Coordinator, Roger Ebbage. Over the next 3 years, the $618,881 grant will focus on providing community college students with opportunities to learn about energy management through online classes, developing hands on skills with “real world” field projects and cultivating potential employment connections with Northwest public utilities mentors.