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 2018: April 16-20

Austin Community College celebrates Earth Day with a week of activities beginning Monday, April 16. Tweet your Earth Week photos with the hashtags #sustainableACC and #EarthWeekACC to share updates throughout the week.


Warm up for Earth Week by joining ACC Green Teams citywide cleanup events that are part of Keep Austin Beautiful Day. ACC’s cleanup sites are:

Sustainability Dashboards

Campus Building Dashboards

Explore electricity usage, solar energy production, water and gas consumption, and more at our ACC Campus Building Dashboards



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 Reclamation

Riverside Campus - City of Austin Montopolis Reclaimed Water Project

ACC is planning to use reclaimed water in the future irrigation and mechanical make-up water project.

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.

Green Cleaning

ACC started Green Cleaning practices in 2010. While occasional special cleaning might be necessary, our ordinary cleaning will be maintained with a higher and safer standard.

Custodial services are maintained at the minimum level of APPA II with environmentally preferable products including: