Preparing the next generation of sustainability leaders...
The Office of Sustainability at Maricopa Community Colleges strives to foster student success and improve the quality of life for our communities by infusing sustainability into every aspect of our institutions.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability has many definitions, but one of the most common definitions used today is from the 1987 Brundtland Commission:
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Sustainability can also be described by the triple bottom line – People, Planet, and Profit. This approach requires businesses and institutions to give a full accounting of all their practices – financial, environmental, and social – in an effort to measure total cost, not just financial profit or loss.
Creating a culture of sustainability
In 2008, Maricopa Community Colleges adopted a People, Planet, Profit policy and has worked hard to create a districtwide culture of sustainability. We do this by ensuring that all students, faculty, and employees have access to the latest in sustainability research, resources, and opportunities and can contribute to Maricopa's ongoing sustainability projects and initiatives.
Maricopa Community Colleges is deeply committed to the growth and well-being of the communities we serve, and we see it as our mission to provide the resources and support our employees, students, and communities need to become sustainability leaders.
Maricopa's Sustainability Values and Focus
Sustainability in Action
We are committed to providing data on the success of our initiatives and policies. Read our reports here.
Sustainability Programs and Curriculum Support
If you're ready to pursue a career in sustainability, explore our sustainability programs and career opportunities below.