What is the Sustainability Initiative?
Sustainability first became an institutional priority when it was incorporated into the college’s philosophy statement in 2006. At that point, the Sustainability Initiative was born, and a Sustainability Council was convened to rally and promote the efforts of the initiative. In 2008, former college President, Jack Oharah, signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, committing the college to a path of becoming carbon neutral. In 2012, the college underwent a process of revising its mission; sustainability is now a stated college value and is incorporated in the newly developed strategic plan.
Sustainability Initiative Mission Statement: In fulfilling the Edmonds Community College Mission, the Sustainability Initiative strives to infuse sustainable practice throughout all aspects of the college's operation and facilitates preparation of our students and community for sustainable careers, citizenship and quality of life.
STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
What do we mean by sustainability?
We like the Washington Center's Curriculum for the Bioregion definition:
“Sustainability encompasses four intertwined ideals: economic wellness, social justice, human health, and biodiversity and ecological integrity. It is a systemic concept, relating to the continuity of economic, social, institutional, and environmental aspects of human society.”
What does a sustainable college do?
It helps students become more environmentally literate and motivates them to seek environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices while modeling these same values and practices in its operation.Check out the links to learn about sustainable practices at Edmonds Community College and see how you can get involved.
The Sustainability Initiative website is maintained by a staff member of the VP for Workforce Development's dept. Please contact the webmaster if you see a problem with this particular website.
Keep up with campus sustainability projects!
See updates from the college Sustainability on Campus.
The Green Team updates this site regularly.
Alternative Transportation Contest
Thanks to everyone who participated in our alternative transportation contest during Earth Month. Winners have been announced! Check Alternative Transportation for more information.
Now Hired: Student Green Team 2013-2014!
Congratulations to our new Green Team that will begin work in August for next year!
Campus Event Coordinator: Ynez Tannya Tanoto, RecycleMania Coordinator: Neil Hart, Community Garden Coordinator: Nick Weaver, Community Outreach Coordinator: Bennett Williams