Energy & Sustainability

A solar panel.

Long Beach Community College District utilizes sustainable building practices and has energy savings goals to provide guidance to achieve energy efficiency, manage resources, practice good stewardship of financial resources, and educate the student body through the implementation of best practices in all modernization and new construction of campus facilities. The LBCCD Integrated Energy Master Plan is consistent with the California Community Colleges Board of Governors’ Energy and Sustainability Policy and sets minimum performance goals and design standards for energy efficiency, energy independence, and physical plant management.

Energy Consumption

Long Beach City College incurs around $2.6M in utility bills per year.

Energy Design Practices

  • District Energy Guidelines and Policies were developed in 2010 to meet and exceed the requirements of Title 24 Energy Design Standards
  • Centralized automated Building Management System (BMS)
  • Energy Efficiency Strategy – Energy modeling and Savings-By-Design
  • Daylighting – Utilize in conjunction with lighting controls to conserve energy.
  • Water Conservation – Reclaimed water for irrigation, low flow fixtures, filtered drinking fountains with bottle fillers.
  • Commissioning – Third-party commissioning agent utilized in all phases of a project to ensure optimal building performance.
  • Climate Control – Maintain building temperate set points with a maximum of 70F heat and a minimum of 76F cooling.
  • Mechanical and lighting Controls – Utilize energy management system to schedule, control and maintain equipment to maximize energy efficiency.


  • Long Beach City College – Long Beach City Green School of the Year 2017
  • Building GG – CMAA Project of the Year Award
  • Building V – DBIA Project of the Year Award
  • Building V – CCFC 2012 Design Awards, Award of Merit
  • Building V –; Outstanding Design
  • Districtwide Retrofit Project HVAC Zone and Fan Static Pressure Reset – 2018 Board of Governors Energy & Sustainability Award Winner

Notable Energy Projects

  • Building GG – LEED Silver
  • Building V – LEED Platinum
  • LAC Parking Structure P1 – Largest Solar Structure in Long Beach City
  • Central Plants – Construction of plants at LAC & PCC. The district saves 1.5 million in kWh in energy consumption, reduces 500 metric tons on CO2 emissions and an operational savings of $150,000 per year.
  • Energy Improvement Measures and Prop 39 – LED lighting, lighting controls, HVAC control, sub-metering at buildings
  • Infrastructure Projects – 3 miles of chilled water return/supply line to connect to the Central Plant, reclaimed water for irrigation at LAC, stormwater retention system,