It's Our 20th Anniversary at CMC


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As the Morongo Basin’s sole community college, Copper Mountain College is strategically situated to be an example of sustainable practices and good stewardship in our area.  Susan Luckie Reilly recognized that unique position and left the college a legacy gift of $500,000 to be used toward "research, development, teaching, construction and maintenance of solar energy applications."  


As we celebrate CMC's 20th anniversary of being an independent college, we look to the future and to reducing our carbon footprint by investing in our infrastructure.  Expanding solar canopies, installing EV charging stations, and upgrading our HVAC systems are the backbone of a $1.1M project in 2021.  CMC Foundation has secured commitments from Susan Luckie Reilly's bequest, various rebates and incentives, and a couple grants.  Now, we need your help to reach the last 20% of our goal, $220,000.  

Copper Mountain College has been here for our students and our community and 

WE BELIEVE in investing in our infrastructure to ensure future students will have access to local higher education.

WE BELIEVE in the protection, restoration and sustainability of our land and resources.


WE BELIEVE in efficiency in consumption with a concerted effort to protect our environment.


This project expects to:

  • Reduce utility costs by 15% as CMC shines as a leader of sustainability in the Morongo Basin.
  • Save 501 eTons GHG (greenhouse gases) i.e carbon footprint.
  • Leverage annual energy savings, EV revenue and state grants to supplement the Susan Luckie Reilly legacy donation. The proposed solar will save 197,790 kWh annually. CMC expects a 7 year return on investment for this project.
  • Enhance the campus with new solar panels and EV charging stations.
  • Replace antiquated and inefficient equipment thus reduce time spent on routine maintenance.
  • Publicize CMC’s transformational efforts within the college and the local community.
  • Provide opportunities for student engagement and interactive learning into the research and development of alternative energy, its construction and maintenance.


We are asking for your commitment to a 20th Anniversary Gift where every one of your dollars is matched 4:1.

May we suggest a 20 month pledge which can be made directly to Copper Mountain College Foundation, P.O. Box 1398, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 or below, 


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