We Would like to Congratulate Jose Nuñez, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Maintenance & Operation at San Mateo College, on receiving the Paul Homes Facilities Leadership Award. The award is given each year to a state community college facilities leader who demonstrates a commitment and dedication to the organization’s mission and vision of enhancing facilities for the students of California’s Community Colleges.

In the awards presentation, Nuñez was recognized by his peers for his accomplishments at the District as well as his impact across the state. CCFC recognized his mentorship of many successful community college facilities professionals, his support of talent within his own organization, and for creating networks for sharing and problem-solving across districts. Nuñez was the first to utilize the design-build project delivery method in Northern California. Nuñez has also been a leader in sustainability and the COVID-19 response.

Jose Nuñez

Best Overall Innovative Project – Large District - CCCCD

contra costa college science building

Contra Costa Community College was honored for their science building. A three-story, state-of-the-art structure. It is designed to be a Zero Net Energy structure. The building is projected to save 93 kilowatts, 81,000 kilowatt hours and 25,800 therms, resulting in a 34 percent reduction in utility costs and 27 percent savings in energy use.

Best Overall Innovative Project – Medium District - CCCD

Citrus Community College was honored for improving the efficiency of 12 buildings and central plant. The effort is yielding an annual energy savings of nearly 1.5 million kilowatt hours and 40,000 therms, resulting in an ongoing energy bill savings of approximately $225,000 annually.

citrus college rcx phase 1

Best Overall Innovative Project – Large District - CCCCD

Peter Hardash

Hartnell College was honored for the design and installation of 2.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generating capacity at the Alisal and Main campuses. This is projected to realize $26 million in savings through renewable energy production and efficient energy management over the life of the project. The projected 4.7 million reduction in kilowatt hours of energy use offsets more than 3,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide – equivalent to removing 714 cars from the road each year.

Excellence in Energy and Sustainability – Faculty/Student Initiative Award: Los Angeles Community College District.

The Los Angeles Community College District was honored for its Virtual Climate Crisis curriculum, which focuses on promoting climate-conscious behavior and thinking using virtual materials to engage students who are learning at home.

Excellence in Energy and Sustainability – Sustainability Champion: Peter Hardash, Rancho Santiago Community College District

Peter Hardash, former Vice Chancellor of Business Operations of Rancho Santiago Community College District, was honored for devoting 28 years as a leader both at the local and state levels, mentoring numerous peers and serving in critical roles on statewide committees.