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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Chemeketa holiday closure dates

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa closed for several days during holidaysDuring winter break, Chemeketa Community College locations will be closed on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 23.
  • Monday, Dec. 26
  • Friday, Dec. 30
  • Monday, Jan. 2

We at Chemeketa wish everyone a happy holiday season.

City of McMinnville awards Chemeketa for energy efficiency

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa receives energy awardChemeketa’s new Yamhill Valley campus received accolades from McMinville’s city-owned utility Dec. 8, when the city presented college officials with a $147,608 check for energy-saving improvements added into construction.

“It’s really outstanding to become recognized for something that has become part of our regular practice at the college, which is to be a good steward of our resources, not just today, but in the future,” President Cheryl Roberts said. “So this is an incredible recognition of that and acknowledgement, and we are really proud.”

As the Yamhill Valley campus was beginning construction, college and McMinnville Water & Light staff collaborated on finding additional energy savings opportunities beyond what was included in the original design.

Among the changes implemented were increased insulation and high-efficiency windows, room occupancy sensors which adjust thermostat temperatures, daylight sensors which automatically adjust electrical lighting levels and numerous smaller changes.

The project is expected to result in a reduced energy usage of more than 500,000 kilowatt hours per year, at an annual cost savings of $25,000 for the college.

Along with being happy to present the check to the college, McMinnville Mayor Rick Olson praised what the new campus has meant to the McMinnville community.

“One of the things that was very important when President Roberts met with all the leaders of McMinnville, both private and public, was that we needed someplace that we considered to be, for the community, a gathering place.” Olson said. “The building here, as it was designed, was designed just as that.”

The Yamhill Valley campus is just one example of Chemeketa’s work in energy-efficient construction. The Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry in downtown Salem is a LEED Silver certified green building, while the new Health Sciences complex on the Salem campus includes a passive ventilation system which surpasses building code energy efficiency standards by 50 percent.