Rock Valley College

Sustainability Efforts on Campus

The Rock Valley College Facilities Planning, Plant Operations & Maintenance department contributes to the college's sustainability efforts in numerous ways, including through energy savings, indoor and outdoor environmental efforts, water efficiency, and use of materials and resources.

Energy Savings

  • Geothermal Field
  • Water cooled heat pumps
  • Chilled beam cooling
  • Variable Air Volume Air Handling Units
  • Energy Recovery  on Air Handling Units
  • Thermal Efficient Glazing
  • White Membrane Roof
  • Geothermal Domestic Water Heating System
  • Green Power Purchasing
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Daylight Harversting
  • Occupancy Sensors
  • Multiple Switching Zones
  • Building Integrated Photovoltaic Modules
  • Co-Generation
  • Natural Gas
  • Solar Stop Signs
  • Relamping existing buildings with LED & Compact Fluorescents
  • Solar Power Restroom Fixtures


Indoor Environmental

  • IEQ Management Plan
    • Indoor Air Quality Program to include testing
    • Moisture/Water Intrusion Control
    • Record Keeping
  • Low-emitting Adhesives, Sealants, Paints, Composite Wood & Flooring

Outdoor Environmental

  • Prairie Plantings
  • Bioswales
  • Rain Gardens
  • Weed Control
  • Tree & Shrub Maintenance
  • Native Vegetation & Plantings
  • Green Roofs

Water Efficiency

  • Water Use Reduction of 20%
  • Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Low Flow Plumbing & Fixtures

Materials and Resources

  • Assist with recycling of paper, cardboard, plastics, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and computer/electronics
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Recycling of redwood and stone from building remodeling
  • Use recycled content materials during construction – Countertops, restrooms stalls, carpeting, lab flooring, drywall, concrete, structural steel
  • Use at least 50% Regional Materials