Get involved in Sustainability at ACC and enjoy the perks - free 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. ACC’s Office of Energy & Sustainability hosts sustainable initiatives designed to shrink the college’s ecological footprint and increase environmental awareness. Austin Community College District has set the goal of becoming a Zero Waste by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050 while continuing to grow to meet the demand for ACC programs and services.
The blueprint for implementing college-wide sustainability reforms was created in 2009 by the ACC Board of Trustees with the Sustainable Practices Board Policy and the Sustainable Construction and College Operations Guidelines/Procedures. That same year, ACC joined the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC, now Carbon Commitment). By signing the pledge, ACC agreed to take actions to move the college toward climate neutrality. The ACC Climate Action Plan is a key step in that goal.
ACC's Sustainability Dashboard is located across the district and displays electricity usage, solar energy production, water and gas consumption, and sustainability announcements in real-time.
At ACC, we don’t want to just talk about going green – we want to make it happen! To fund our energy and sustainability 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.
How much will the sustainability fee raise?
ACC estimates the sustainability fee will generate $750,000 a year.