Sustainability is to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Being a part of a higher education experience, it is your responsibility to expand your knowledge of how each of us plays a key role in building sustainable societies. It is important to learn to gather and learn about how to achieve a just and sustainable society.
Sustainability is achieved when all people on Earth can live well without compromising the quality of life for future generations. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. -- Native American Proverb
The Maricopa Community Colleges are devoted to the economic growth and well-being of the communities we serve. This starts with a positive relationship with our Earth.
We support our sustainability goals by:
- Creating and implementing interdisciplinary programs
- Sharing sustainability programs and forging partnerships
- Infusing sustainability through staff development and faculty engagement
- Purchasing socially and environmentally-conscious products
- Building and renovating facilities using socially and environmentally responsible practices.
- Expanding college-community partnerships for sustainable development and service learning opportunities
Additionally, we participate in national initiatives and conferences. The Maricopa Community Colleges also hosts E.A.R.T.H. (Education, Adaptation, Resilience, Technology and Humanity) Forward Summit event in April for students.
If you are interested in wanting to make the future of the environment a career, check out our sustainability-related areas of study.
- Motivating Colleges to Engage in Sustainability
- Engaging Students in Sustainability at Your College
- Phoenix College Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship (ENRS) Program
- Going Green at Scottsdale Community College
- Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU
- Water Partners International
- Cafe at Rio
- Clean Energy
- Acid Rain
- US EPA
- National Resources Defense Council
- Environmental Defense
- Clean Air: Cool Planet
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
- Higher Education for Sustainable Development
- United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
- Focus the Nation
- President's Climate Commitment