C-9. Sustainable Practices

C-9. Sustainable Practices

Value Statements

  • The Austin Community College District is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and reducing its dependence on non-renewable energy.
  • The College seeks to foster environmental awareness by providing educational leadership in energy conservation efforts, efficient energy use, renewable energy, and recycling.
  • College sustainability practices should be justified by long term cost savings, increased operational efficiencies or enhanced environmental stewardship.

The College is committed to stewardship of the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable energy sources. With this commitment in mind, College operations district-wide shall:

[1] Incorporate the principles of energy efficiency and sustainability in all capital projects, renovation projects, operations and maintenance within budgetary constraints and programmatic requirements. Sustainability represents the College’s meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

[2] Minimize the use of non-renewable energy sources by creating a diversified (portfolio) approach to energy use, including the use of local renewable energy as well as conservation measures that reduce energy consumption.

[3] Incorporate and promote transportation alternatives and scheduling practices that reduce the number of individual vehicle trips to and from College facilities.

[4] Track, report and minimize greenhouse gas emissions attributed to College operations.

[5] Minimize the amount of waste sent to landfill which is generated by the College.

[6] Utilize the College’s purchasing power to meet its sustainability objectives.

On an annual basis, the President will provide a report to the Board detailing the impact of the College’s sustainability efforts on the overall capital program, operating costs, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste diversion, environmentally preferable purchasing and transportation practices.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on February 2, 2009.