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Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP)

We hope you join Central Community College’s 3C Initiative, our collective efforts across the college to foster positive change and educate for a sustainable environment for everyone.  Below you can learn about the college’s Environmental Sustainability Action Plan – our commitment, goals and actions in education, energy, waste, procurement, for our campuses and centers, and more – and what we are doing now to make a difference.

  • Central Community College’s Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) spells out our commitment, goals and actions CCC is taking to be a great steward of our environment – for our students, community and the planet.  

    Explore CCC’s areas of impact and our visionary environmental stewardship commitment and leadership goals below.

    • LBC Education and Training

      Increase Environmental Stewardship e-badges awarded by 5% annually based on previous year e-badge completers for the next five years.  

      By Spring 2018

      Add one completely new e-badge annually for five years 

      By Spring 2018

      Integrate 3 new Environmental Across the Curriculum courses into the e-badge program annually.   

      By 2019

      Establish environmental sustainability merit and need-based scholarships for CCC learners demonstrating leadership or career aspirations in fostering environmental stewardship. 

      By 2020

      Develop a renewable energy management industry committee that will offer internships to students and participate in Earth Week events.

    • solar Energy and Climate

      By 2019

      Transition to one electric fleet vehicle and solar/wind charging station on each campus and the Kearney Center.  Also allow staff and students to utilize the charging station.  

      By 2020

      Decrease student and employee commuter travel by 25% from the 2012-2013 baseline on all campuses through public transportation and a commuter program at all campuses/centers.   

      By 2020

      Achieve a minimum of LEED gold standards for every new building and construction project on campus. 

      By 2024

      Each campus will be carbon neutral due in electricity use on campus and local renewable energy projects shares.  

      By 2034

      Achieve climate-neutral impacts across all areas of operations and influence, including college facilities; business travel and commutes; and procurement.

    • Recycle Materials and Waste

      By 2018

      Annually increase FSC certified and post-consumer waste content of paper by 10%

      By 2019

      Divert a minimum of 40% of college landfill and construction waste for recycle and reuse and begin a staff and food service provider composting program. 

      By 2024

      Decrease college paper use to achieve a 25% reduction from the 2016-17 baseline

      By 2025

      Divert 50% of college landfill and construction waste and compost a minimum of 50% of food waste for use in the culinary and pollinator gardens.

      By 2030

      Purchase only products produced by environmentally sustainable and ethically certified vendors.   

    • bees Landscapes Water and Agriculture

      By 2019

      Establish pollinator gardens on each campus with an outdoor learning classroom

      By 2020

      Eliminate organophosphate pesticide use on each campus

      By 2021

      Establish a new greenhouse/aquaponics facility on each campus

      By 2022

      Establish edible landscapes and local food production on each campus to provide 10% of the overall produce used by on campus food service vendors and the culinary program

      By 2023

      Establish a CCC farmer’s market

      By 2024

      Any food waste is composted and used in the culinary and pollinator gardens on campus.

      By 2025

      Reduce water use by 25% overall

      By 2026

      Eliminate fertilizer and pesticide use through composting and beneficial insects

      By 2028

      Reduce water use by 40% overall

      By 2030

      Transition mono-culture agricultural contracts into local food production zones for the campus and local communities.

    • bikeshare Health Wellness and Equity

      By 2018

      Environmental Sustainability Office volunteers in a minimum of three Community Service and Health Projects annually

      By 2019

      Become a Bike Friendly University

      By 2020

      Organize and plan two bike/walk events per year

      By 2022

      Have a bike share on each campus

      By 2023

      Have trails connecting each campus to the local community

    • 3C conversation culture and appreciation

      Annually

      Plan America Recycles Day, Earth Week, Adopt-A-Road/Park litter Clean-up and other sustainability and community events in partnership with faculty, various on campus Departments/staff, local businesses and non-profits. 

      By 2018

      Chair and plan a Resiliency Committee composed of members representing the CCC service district 

      By 2018

      Participate in 3 presentations at public events annually in the local community or in local media outlets

      By 2020

      Participate in 3 local community sustainability groups/committees annually and volunteer at shared planned local events.   

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  • Contact:

    Benjamin Newton 
    Environmental Sustainability Director 
    benjaminnewton@cccneb.edu
     
    (308) 398-7962