The Office of Sustainability at Maricopa Community Colleges is committed to enacting real change at our colleges. Presented here are some highlights of recent initiatives:
Environment and Conservation Initiatives
Our colleges have invested in renewable energy and reduced purchased electricity costs by installing solar arrays at four of our Maricopa Community College campuses - CGCC, EMCC, MCC, and SMCC
The participating Colleges' total kilowatt hour (kWh) output is over 12.2 million kWh annually, and solar power now makes up 40% of their total electrical load.
We are always striving to improve the use of our limited natural resources. We are currently undergoing efforts to reduce water consumption across the district, pursuing projects where we estimate savings of up to $600,000 per year.
All Maricopa Community Colleges are signatories of the Presidents' Climate Commitment, leading in climate action and sustainable solutions and exploring bold and innovative solutions by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of carbon neutrality and community resilience.
Maricopa Summits and Awards
The E.A.R.T.H. Forward Summit is for students, employees, and the greater community who are interested in taking action toward a more sustainable future through Education, Adaptation, Resilience, and Technology for all of Humanity.
Here are the Winners of E.A.R.T.H. Forward scholarship.
Sustainability at the Colleges
Composting at CGCC
A team of faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College recently received a $10,000 learning grant from MCLI to pilot an organics recycling program. The project features deep, cross-disciplinary, collaborative student learning and serves as an innovative solution for CGCC’s food and green waste.
Rio Cafe and Sustainable Food Systems Program
The Café at Rio is committed to serving sustainable food that nourishes the body and soul. We support local food suppliers and feature their products in our daily specials and seasonal menu options. We employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment. You can view our menu here.
MCC Arboretum and Organic Farm
The Mesa Community College Arboretum is free and open to the public. It is home to nearly 100 species of trees and over 80 species of cacti and succulents. The organic farm, run by the Center for Urban Agriculture, helps promote education and public awareness of healthy eating and living through sustainable urban agriculture, aquaponics, and local food production.
SCC Center for Native and Urban Wildlife
The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife is a place to learn, engage, and connect, focusing on Sonoran Desert biodiversity, education, and conservation.
Each of our colleges provides a food pantry for our students in an effort to ensure food security for our students.
To find out more about our Sustainability programs or to get tips on how to incorporate sustainability into your curriculum, see the links below.