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MiraCosta College staff earns Sustainability Award

OCEANSIDE — Facilities Director Tom Macias and Instructional Associate in Horticulture Jason Kubrock have received the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award for their rainwater-harvesting program, and will present their project at the upcoming California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in July.
The harvesting project collects storm water roof runoff and uses it inside the Horticulture Department’s greenhouse. Prior to the installation of this system, there was no adequate diversion of the rainwater, resulting in erosion and an increased amount of sediment running off into the storm water system. The free rainwater is used to irrigate the student-grown crops in the greenhouse, thus eliminating the need to use water from the city of Oceanside.
In addition, rainwater is of higher quality than city water and has a lower pH, enabling the college to decrease the amount of fertilizer it uses. The rainwater-harvesting program, based on Oceanside’s annual rainfall of 12 inches, translates to water savings of 74.4 tons (17,952 gallons).
For more information on the rainwater-harvesting program, contact Macias at or Kubrock at