Community Briefs Headlines: Foothill College recognized for water conservation efforts, Foothill college receives award for water conservation | April 17, 2015 | Mountain View Voice | Mountain View Online |

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News - April 17, 2015

Community Briefs Headlines: Foothill College recognized for water conservation efforts, Foothill college receives award for water conservation

Foothill wins conservation award

Foothill College's environmental horticulture and design program was recently recognized by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition for its innovative instruction and conservation projects. Representatives from Foothill College received an award plaque during the organization's annual awards ceremony held recently.

Three conservation projects were developed and implemented at Foothill College and were sponsored by funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation and 11th Hour Project. According to Foothill College representatives, the water-recapture and rainwater harvesting projects combined save the college an estimated 110,00 gallons annually.

The water-recapture system involved the design and installation of three, 780-gallon tanks. The system captures water from campus cooling towers, which provide air conditioning to the Foothill campus, and redirects it to support the campus-wide irrigation system. The environmental horticulture department worked together with Foothill-De Anza Community College District facilities personnel on the project. This system required $30,000 in grants funds and donations in order to be constructed, and now saves the district approximately 50,000 gallons of water annually, according to a spokesperson.

Rooftop rainwater harvesting is another project that Foothill College employs on its campus. Half of the water that lands on the horticulture construction lab buildings' rooftops is stored and put into underground storage tanks, which hold 1,800 gallons. This water then feeds the department's recirculating stream. This project also involved the installation of three 2,500-gallon storage tanks that offer extra water to the horticulture program's nursery. Another storage tank that holds more than 600 gallons was also installed shortly after. The rainwater capture systems have collected an estimated 60,000 gallons.

Master teachers at Bayer Ballet

New and experienced ballet instructors are set to teach at the Bayer Ballet Academy this spring and summer.

Ballet teacher Vera Semenova will be joining the faculty at Bayer Ballet Academy for its 2015 Summer Intensive Program for students from ages 10 to 18.

According to information from the Bayer Ballet Academy, Semanova received her teaching education from the Russian University of Theater Arts GITIS and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Auditions for the Summer Intensive Program will be held on Sunday, April 26.

Stephanie Saland will also be joining Bayer Ballet Academy and leading master classes for children ages 6 to 8. Saland is an active judge and teacher with the Youth America Grand Prix and a presenter for two International Dance Medicine Conferences. Saland will be teaching on Saturday, April 25, Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27. More information is at

—Rachel Lee


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