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Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP)

We hope you join Central Community College’s 3C Initiative, our collective efforts across the college to foster positive change and educate for a sustainable environment for everyone.  Below you can learn about the college’s Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action Plan – our commitment, goals and actions in education, energy, waste, procurement, for our campuses and centers, and more – and what we are doing now to make a difference.

  • Central Community College’s Environmental Sustainability & Climate Action Plan (SCAP) spells out our commitment, goals and actions CCC is taking to be a great steward of our environment – for our students, community and the planet.  

    Explore CCC’s areas of impact and our visionary environmental stewardship commitment and leadership goals below.

    • LBC Education and Training

      Immediately

      Deliver science and evidence-based environmental sustainability education, training, living-learning environments (modeled, real-life demonstrations) and student experiences that provide the entire CCC population with knowledge and skills in environmental stewardship practices and behaviors for their field of study or personal application.

      Every 5 years through 2034

      Increase awarded sector and discipline-focused e-badges, awards, certificates, diplomas and/or degrees in environmental sustainability, by a minimum of 5% of total CCC credit and non-credit students. 

      By 2019

      Integrate environmental sustainability across the curriculum (ESATC), community education, training opportunities, learning support systems, and college experience, to include opportunities in all fields of study and for all learner populations at CCC.

      By 2019

      Establish environmental sustainability merit and need-based scholarships for CCC learners demonstrating leadership or career aspirations in fostering environmental stewardship. 

      By 2024

      Develop regional interest in and education around environmentally high-impact sector/industry areas and identify programs willing to fully integrate environmental stewardship practices for regional leadership in today’s toughest environmental sustainability challenges.

    • solar Energy and Climate

      Climate CommitmentImmediately

      Lead college-community next steps to meet our Climate Commitment to increase resiliency. 

      Annually through 2024

      Decrease student and employee commuter travel, and all categories of college travel (ground and air) to achieve a minimum of a 25% reduction in vehicle/air miles traveled from the 2012-2013 baseline (accomplish with innovative use of technology, college procedures, policies and services; and scheduling and operational optimizations). 

      By 2019

      Transition 75% of the college fleet to hybrids or solar- or wind-charged vehicles, with 100% of college cars, maintenance and other vehicles meeting this standard by 2024. 

      By 2019

      Achieve a minimum of Net Zero Energy Building Certification or Living Building Challenge Petal Certification for every new building and renovation project. 

      By 2024

      Lead the region to be among the first to achieve a Net Zero Energy Community Certification or Living Community Challenge Energy Petal Certification for a college campus or center.

      By 2034

      Achieve climate-neutral impacts across all areas of operations and influence, including college facilities; business travel and commutes; and procurement.

    • Recycle Materials and Waste

      By 2019

      Reduce college-wide preventable consumption and divert a minimum of 85% of college landfill and construction waste for recycle and reuse, and model 100% on-site diversion and use of compostable waste.

      Annually through 2024

      Decrease usage in all categories of college paper to achieve a 25% reduction from the 2016-2017 baseline, and annually increase FSC-certified paper and wood product to realize a 100% FSC-certified college standard.

      By 2024

      Advance procedures to achieve the highest standards in procurement and zero waste practices that ensure healthy, just and fairly-traded, environmentally sustainable outcomes for all the people and environments impacted by CCC procurement and waste disposal.

      By 2029

      Realize closed-loop material reuse for a minimum of 70% of college procurement (recycle or facilitate reuse for a minimum of 70% of the material entering-exiting the college).

      Annually through 2034

      Advance a minimum of two e-waste, electronic/appliance procurement standards or other college practices to foster a more rapid shift to an environmentally sustainable and ethically-advanced technology and electronics sector.

    • bees Landscapes Water and Agriculture

      By 2024

      Transform 85% of CCC landscapes and land use into environmentally sustainable living-learning demonstrations and thriving native ecosystems for learners and the regional community, to include: 

      • outdoor appreciation and enjoyment areas for healthy living, including multipurpose walk/bike paths and supportive infrastructure; outdoor seating and activity areas; and restorative greenspaces – with all areas modeling inclusion and accessibility in design;
      • water and stormwater stewardship;
      • integrated pollinator, bee, butterfly, and biodiversity gardens;
      • native landscaping and grasslands;
      • edible landscapes and local food production;
      • composting systems;
      • native or regionally adapted “no-irrigation” zones;
      • “no-mow” turfgrass and zones;
      • environmentally sustainable agricultural land-use contracts;
      • use of environmentally responsible infrastructure and materials;
      • and integrated and comprehensive educational narratives. 

      By 2024

      Complete transition of agricultural land-use contracts to include leadership-level standards for environmental sustainability.

    • bikeshare Health Wellness and Equity

      Immediately

      Increase or advance a minimum of three college projects or programs annually, that foster the connection to and outcomes for personal, community and environmental health and wellness; and by 2034 ensure that every purchase, practice and outcome at CCC displays environmental stewardship and inclusion and care for the diverse people impacted by CCC operations.

    • LBC Buildings and Design

      By 2034

      Lead the nation to achieve a minimum of Living Community Challenge Petal Certification for each college campus and center where the facilities are owned by CCC.

    • 3C conversation culture and appreciation

      Immediately

      Foster changes in environmental stewardship across the region, measured by an annual increase in relevant partnerships, presentations, and engagement indicators. 

      Annually through 2034

      Develop or advance a minimum of three new environmental stewardship tools, resources, or training opportunities for CCC students, employees or our communities, to foster a more rapid transition of applied stewardship practice.

    • hybrid leadership and policy

      Immediately

      Exhibit leadership and implement policies that foster practices, partnerships and innovation for an environmentally sustainable future among our peers, in our region, and beyond – measured by an annual increase in improvements or new innovations from campus, center and college-wide environmental stewardship outcomes.

      By 2019

      Lead by fully implementing into college operations a new Living Building Challenge and Living Community Challenge college standard for design and construction.

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  • Contact:

    Benjamin Newton 
    Environmental Sustainability Director 
    benjaminnewton@cccneb.edu
     
    (308) 398-7962