Sustainability refers to an array of practices designed to promote enduring, balanced use of available resources. It often overlaps with environmentalism, but true sustainability is typically based on three primary demands: the environment, social equality, and economics. Sustainable practices are intended to reduce negative human impact on the natural ecosystem—through conservation of existing natural resources and reduction of human consumption overall. The movement towards sustainability is also significantly economic, attempting to promote equity and ethics in resource use—through urban planning, 'green' architecture, and efficient power production & use.
Central Community College is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, a network of colleges and universities committed to eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promoting research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Signatory institutions work to promote climate neutrality by educating students, innovating solutions, and serving as example institutions for society as a whole.
CCC's environmental commitment is an attempt to meet present needs, but also—especially—an attempt to help students foresee and address the needs of the world they'll be living in in the future.
We will highlight some of CCC's sustainability resources here. For the latest in CCC-specific sustainability news, please visit CCC's Environmental Sustainability page.