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 silver ratingEdmonds Community College receives STARS Silver rating for sustainability achievements

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and 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 department. Please contact the webmaster if you see a problem with this particular website.

Campus Green Fund Application Process Open - March 4-Apr. 25, 2014

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Apply for a grant to fund your great idea for advancing sustainability on campus. Awardees work on projects next academic year (summer 2014-spring 2015). See Campus Green Fund for more information.

Keep up with campus sustainability projects on the Green Team site!

The Green Team (our campus student sustainability advocates) regularly update this site: Green Team.

Student Green Team 2013-2014

Congratulations to our Green Team leaders who work on advocating campus sustainability! 

Campus Event Coordinator: Ynez Tanoto

RecycleMania Coordinator: Neil Hart

Community Garden Coordinator: Wan-Chi Punga

Community Outreach Coordinator: Bennett Norman