Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP)
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 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 Action Plan (ESAP) 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.
Increase environmental stewardship e-Badges awarded by 5 percent annually based on previous year e-Badge completers for the next five years.
By Spring 2018
Add one completely new e-Badge annually for five years.
By Spring 2018
Integrate three new environmental across the curriculum courses into the e-badge program annually.
Establish environmental sustainability merit and need-based scholarships for CCC learners demonstrating leadership or career aspirations in fostering environmental stewardship.
Develop a renewable energy management industry committee that will offer internships to students and participate in Earth Week events
Transition to one electric fleet vehicle and solar/wind charging station on each campus and the Kearney Center. Also allow staff and students to utilize the charging station.
Decrease student and employee commuter travel by 25 percent from the 2012-13 baseline on all campuses through public transportation and a commuter program at all campuses/centers.
Achieve a minimum of LEED gold standards for every new building and construction project on campus.
Each campus will be carbon neutral in electricity use on campus and local renewable energy projects shares.
Achieve climate-neutral impacts across all areas of operations and influence, including college facilities, business travel and commutes, and procurement.
Annually increase FSC-certified and post-consumer waste content of paper by 10 percent.
Divert a minimum of 40 percent of college landfill and construction waste for recycle and reuse and begin a staff and food service provider composting program.
Decrease college paper use to achieve a 25 percent reduction from the 2016-17 baseline.
Divert 50 percent of college landfill and construction waste and compost a minimum of 50 percent of food waste for use in the culinary and pollinator gardens.
Purchase only products produced by environmentally sustainable and ethically certified vendors.
Establish pollinator gardens on each campus with an outdoor learning classroom.
Eliminate organophosphate pesticide use on each campus.
Establish a new greenhouse/aquaponics facility on each campus.
Establish edible landscapes and local food production on each campus to provide 10 percent of the overall produce used by on campus food service vendors and the culinary program.
Establish a CCC farmer’s market.
Any food waste is composted and used in the culinary and pollinator gardens on campus.
Reduce water use by 25 percent overall.
Eliminate fertilizer and pesticide use through composting and beneficial insects.
Reduce water use by 40 percent overall.
Transition monoculture agricultural contracts into local food production zones for the campus and local communities.
The Environmental Sustainability Office volunteers in a minimum of three community service and health projects annually.
Become a Bike Friendly University.
Organize and plan two bike/walk events per year.
Have a bike share on each campus.
Have trails connecting each campus to the local community.
Plan America Recycles Day, Earth Week, Adopt-A-Road/park litter cleanup and other sustainability and community events in partnership with faculty, various on-campus departments/staff, local businesses and nonprofits.
Chair and plan a resiliency committee composed of members representing the CCC service district.
Participate in three presentations at public events annually in the local community or in local media outlets.
Participate in three local community sustainability groups/committees annually and volunteer at shared planned local events.
Environmental Sustainability Director