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.

Celebrate Earth Month 2018

We’re committed to thinking, teaching, and living green.

Join us at events focused on sustainability April-May.

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?

Edmonds Community College definition of sustainability: Creating lasting outcomes balancing the prosperity of people and the planet.

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.

2017-18 Campus Green Fund Application process is now closed.

Green Fund logo

The Campus Green Fund Application Process is now using a common application form and submission process for requesting funds from various sources at the college. Beginning with the 2017-2018 fiscal year request cycle, one project proposal can now be used for multiple funding requests. This new process is intended to make it easier for the college community to find and apply for project funding, improve communication, eliminate redundancy, and reduce paper forms. See Campus Green Fund for more information.

Application Steps:

  1. Create a project proposal to describe the project and amount of funding requested. Share the document with all collaborators and allow "anyone at Edmonds CC with the link to comment."
  2. Consult with areas of the college that will be impacted as soon as possible. It may take some time for areas such as IT, Purchasing, or Facilities to research and provide quotes or other information.
  3. Get executive sponsorship for the project (i.e., endorsement by a Vice President). See FAQs for instructions. No physical signatures are needed.
  4. Apply for funding to one or more relevant funding sources by using the Google Form on this site to submit project proposals.

Funding Notes:

  • For 2017-2018 requests, the application period for the Campus Green Fund is now closed until next year.

If you have questions about the Campus Green Fund process, email or call 425.640.1882.

Student Green Team 2017-18

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

Campus Event Coordinator: Tri Do

Waste Streams Specialist: Vivian Goshashy

Campus Community Farm Coordinator: Nhu Ngoc Minh Tran

Community Outreach Coordinator: Giang Nguyen

AmeriCorps Student Engagement Specialist: Nhat Phuong Giang

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.