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Sustainability at Walla Walla Community College

 

 

 

Walla Walla Community College has embarked on a more sustainable path, integrating the concept of what we do and what we teach.   The development of a sustainability plan has yielded outcome and process goals to accomplish the incorporation of sustainable practices into the campus environment.

 

Mission

Foster awareness and inspire adoption of sustainable environmental practices.

 

Value

WWCC values the well-being of our communities and is dedicated to protecting and restoring our resources.  We advocate for and demonstrate practices that promote economic and environmental sustainability.

 

Definition of Sustainability 

Protecting and managing our resources to meet current needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations and natural systems.  Sustainability integrates the concept of balancing environmental, economic, and social equity needs now and into the future.

 

PRIORITIES

 

 

The eight priorities listed below were used to guide the development of goals, objectives, and strategies for the Sustainability Plan.   * In non-ranked/alphabetical order

  • Community Engagement
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Energy Conservation
  • Healthy Environments (Built and Landscaped)
  • Responsible Purchasing
  • Transportation Efficiency
  • Waste Reduction
  • Water Management

 

 PURPOSE AND GOALS

 

The Sustainability Plan addresses short and long-range objectives integrating environmental, economic, and social responsibility.  Sustainable practices will positively transform the campus community through productive environmental action:

 

Community  Serve as a partner in strengthening community consciousness of environmental issues.

 

Curriculum  Promote education on environmental, economic, and social sustainability by increased student and employee awareness through training and development.

 

Built Environment  Construct a healthy environment to learn and work by observing green building practices in facility construction, operation, and maintenance.

 

Energy  Create efficiencies to minimize use, generate renewable energy on-site, and procure clean energy.

 

Landscaped Environment  Protect and maintain the natural environment through restoration, conservation, and education.

 

Purchasing  Endorse procurement strategies, processes, and systems to support environmental, economic, and socially equitable purchase of goods and services.

 

Transportation  Encourage efficient vehicle use for student events and staff travel.

 

Waste  Reduce solid waste as an inefficient or improper use of resources.

 

Water  Decrease potable water use on campus while conserving water resources within the campus watershed through efficiency measures, collection technologies, and re-use.

 

IMPLEMENTATION and MEASUREMENT

 

 The Walla Walla Community College Campus Sustainability Committee will prioritize sustainability plan efforts and develop a scorecard to measure and report on accomplishments.  The Campus Sustainability Committee membership is composed of Walla Walla Community College administration, faculty, staff and student representatives.