College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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5 YEARS OF CLIMATE LEADERSHIP cohort of signatories after four years of developing and implement- ing their climate action plans. The reports demonstrate signifi cant successes in both emissions reductions and transforming the edu- cational experience: 130 signatories are collectively producing over 171,000,000 kWh annually from renewable energy, the equivalent of powering 14,702 American households' annual electricity needs, and in just fi ve short years, the network has reduced gross greenhouse gas emissions (total scopes 1, 2, and 3) by 10.2M MtCO2 e and is projected to reduce 50 percent of its gross emissions in the next 15 years. In addition, 114 institutions currently promote programs to engage students in climate and/or sustainability research projects, and more than 9,548 sustainability-focused programs and courses are being offered at 198 campuses combined. While there are many exemplary stories (available online at leadership-award-winners) from the fi rst fi ve years of the initia- tive, the efforts of the following four ACUPCC campuses refl ect the commitment of the entire network to create and maintain sustain- able campuses, and provide the education necessary to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow. MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, ARIZONA INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO THE CURRICULUM W ITH MORE THAN 260,000 STUDENTS, the Maricopa Commu- nity College District (MCCD) is the largest community college district in the U.S. The foundation of education for sustainability at the Maricopa Community College District began in 2008, when institutions within the District formed a system-wide "Sustainability Network." Since then, the network has provided staff, faculty, and students with education around necessary sustainability solutions. Interactive activities including National Teach-In and Dialogue Days throughout the District's many campuses have helped facilitate discussions on how the District could infuse sustainability concepts in the classroom and through extra- and co-curricular activities. Integration GREEN EDUCATION. In learning about all forms of sustain- ability, Chandler-Gilbert Community College students created sculpture from discarded college water bottles to illustrate the need to reuse and recycle. is felt in the core curriculum, too. Chandler-Gilbert Community Col- lege, one of the 12 MCCD campuses and the fi rst com- munity college in Arizona to spear- head the integration of sustainability into the curriculum, 20 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 now offers a certifi cate program called "Sustainability and Ecologi- cal Literacy." Faculty at the Maricopa Community Colleges have also formed an Interdisciplinary Sustainability Instructional Council to develop sustainability-focused courses and programs in various study concentrations (sciences, social sciences, humanities, career, and technical). Currently, there are three certifi cate programs on sustainability, seven energy and environmental-related courses, and 14 sustainability-focused courses being shared and offered among all campuses in the District. THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON REDUCING INSTITUTIONAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND CARBON EMISSIONS A CCORDING TO STEVE MITAL, the University of Oregon's sustain- ability director, "The University has a 295-acre campus with 6,500,000 sq. ft. of building space. Increasing student demand is driving an expected 10 percent increase in building space over the next decade. However, the University (UO) has a commitment to not purchase or consume any additional energy." Since adopting a Climate Action Plan in 2010 (http://rs.acupcc. org/cap/317), UO has established strategic operational goals towards achieving net- zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In August 2011, the University adopted the Oregon Model for Sustainable De- velopment, which calls on the campus to cap its overall en- ergy consumption despite signifi cant expected growth. The model requires all new buildings on campus to be PHOTO © PETER ECKERT/ECKERT & ECKERT GREEN ACRES. A national leader in campus sustainability, the University of Oregon is actively engaged in greening facility operations, innovative research, supporting and encouraging student initiatives, implementing environmen- tally and sustainability-focused curriculum, and sponsoring public service initiatives. certifi ed USGBC LEED Gold and 35 percent more effi cient than the state of Oregon's requirement. The University projects that energy effi ciency initiatives in older existing buildings will supply 100 percent of the energy required by the new buildings. Their progress is already evident. According to UO's recently submitted progress report (, the University has reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions each year for the past three years. The challenges will, however, continue. As illustrated in a video ( developed by UO's Offi ce of Sustainability on the institution's energy planning and management, natural gas is currently used to heat campus WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF TRISH NIEMANN/CHANDLER-GILBERT CC

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