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Sustainability

ACC Gardens

Our Mission

ACC appreciates urban agriculture and promotes environmental stewardship and campus community bonds by converting on-campus, underutilized and neglected parcels into productive learning gardens. ACC campus gardens are maintained by ACC faculty, staff, and students.

Eco Bag

Be fashionable and eco-friendly with a grocery tote featuring ACC student artwork. This year’s Eco Bag Student Art Contest winning design is now available for purchase. A new design is featured each year.

Eco Bags can be purchased for $2.99 each (plus tax) through the ACC Marketplace.  

Earth Week

Earth Week 2017: April 17-22

ACC celebrates Earth Day with a week of fun-filled sustainability events that highlight the District's commitment to sustainable practices and engage students, faculty, and staff. The 2017 events will be held at campuses throughout the ACC District. Each day highlights a different sustainability theme. For 2017, we have over 25 events across 10 ACC locations!

Office of Sustainability

Explore our site and join the environmental efforts of ACC

“Go Green” at ACC and enjoy the perks -- public transportation, convenient parking, cold filtered drinking water, a clean environment, and more.

ACC is committed to becoming a leader in sustainability. That means using less energy and fewer resources while minimizing waste.

Water-Saving Fixtures

Innovative water-saving products are introduced to the market every year, and the college will continue to evaluate those products and put appropriate technologies into use.

Upper cut toilet flush handle - 1/2 Gal saving per flush

Water Conservation

Texas experienced a record-breaking drought and major wildfires in 2011, creating increased awareness of limited water resources. The problem is expected to continue; according to the state climatologist, the current drought could be just the start of dry spell that could last until 2020.

In 2011, ACC worked to make reclaimed water infrastructure available for the Riverside Campus. It was a collaborative effort between the City of Austin and ACC to prepare the future development of the college and save resources.

Sustainability Fee

At ACC, we don’t want to just talk about going green – we want to make it happen! The college is rolling out a number of initiatives that are making us better stewards of the environment. To fund these efforts, the Board of Trustees approved a sustainability fee effective spring 2010.

How much is the fee?
The fee is $1 per semester credit hour, with the average student paying $8 a semester.

How will the fee be used?
From recycling to Green Car parking, ACC is creating new initiatives to help make carbon neutrality a reality.

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