Sustainability at MCCCD
As a part of the 2008 Sustainability Resolution, the Maricopa Community Colleges have adopted the triple bottom line of sustainability policy: People, Planet, and Profit. Through this resolution the District Office and Colleges will pursue the implementation of the three elements of sustainability:
- Environmental responsibility
- Social equity
- Economic viability
Sustainability has many definitions, but one of the most commonly used today is that of the Brundtland Commission established in 1987.
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Office of Sustainability
The District Office of Sustainability sets the vision, strategy, and policy for Sustainability at the Maricopa Community Colleges.
- We execute initiatives, demonstration projects, and create guides for replicating at the Colleges.
- We support college sustainability efforts by consulting, encouraging, inspiring action, and providing ideas.
- We create partnerships with local agencies and organizations that support the all-Maricopa mission.
- We facilitate co-initiatives with other Maricopa departments in order to support every aspect of the Maricopa's People, Planet, and Profit commitment.
The Sustainability Committee is composed of representatives from all of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The committee meets monthly for a public meeting.
Presidents Climate Commitment
All Maricopa Community Colleges are signatories of the President's Climate Commitment. As such, all of the 10 colleges have committed to leading in climate action and sustainable solutions while exploring bold and innovative solutions. This will be accomplished by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of carbon neutrality and integrating resilience into curriculum, research, and campus-community operations.
As signatories of the Presidents Climate Commitment, the Maricopa Community Colleges are a member of the Second Nature network, aimed at connecting and supporting higher education institutions leading in climate change action.
American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE is a national organization committed to promoting sustainability within higher education. Through the AASHE membership, the Maricopa Community Colleges contributes many different measures and action plans.
Green Building Policy
Maricopa has established a District-wide policy where all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building's Council's LEED Silver Standard or equivalent. LEED Standards reduce building energy and water consumption, supporting responsible resource use. In addition, many of the Maricopa Community Colleges have an Energy Start Procurement Policy where highly energy efficient appliances and purchased where financially feasible.
With the threat of drought and uncertain precipitation, Maricopa is leading in responsbile water consumption. We are undergoing and extensive District-wide water conservation effort. In the current stage of the project, sub-meters are being installed to assess the quantities of water used at each one of our buildings through the District.
LED Lights for Parking Lots
LED lights are significantly more energy efficient than incandescent and compact flourescent lightbulbs. The District has commissioned for all parking lot lights to be replaced with LED bulbs. This will result in meaningful savings in energy costs.
Four of the Maricopa Community Colleges have installed solar panels. The panels harvest energy on an annual basis from Phoenix's abundant sunshine.
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
If you are interested in wanting to make the future of the environment a career, check out our sustainability-related areas of study, join a sustainability club at one of our colleges, and always reuse, reduce and recycle.