LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

Technologies

Central Plant
Central Plant, L.A. City College

Through a combination of alternative-energy generation methods — mainly solar, wind and geothermal power — the District is working toward producing enough on-site power for each college to meet its daily electricity needs.

The LACCD is developing Renewable Energy Central Plants to heat and cool its buildings across the District. These storage facilities will include highly efficient boilers and chillers and will have the majority of their energy supplied through the use of a solar vacuum heat tube. Similarly, for those colleges with existing central plants, designs have been developed to provide smaller central plants to supplement the older ones. The plants will rely on a sophisticated energy management system that blends their capabilities together.

To generate renewable energy, the LACCD has installed solar farms at Los Angeles Southwest and Mission Colleges. East and West Los Angeles Colleges are now generating a portion of their overall energy needs. More projects are scheduled across the District.

The LACCD’s use of drought-resistant landscaping, low-flow toilets, drip irrigation systems and waterless urinals across all nine campuses is part of its long-term water reduction plan. One example of this is Pierce College’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Life Science Botanic Garden. This "living classroom" uses non-traditional ways to conserve water, replacing a two-acre garden with an assortment of drought-resistant plants from California and other parts of the world. The college has reduced its water consumption by 70%, which translates to more than 900,000 gallons per year.

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