Sustainability at Suffolk County Community College

Since its founding, Suffolk County Community College has always held a strong concern for the environment... Now, more so than ever. That's why, beginning in 2014, and under the leadership of Dr. McKay, we will begin examining everything that we do to ensure that our environment is better protected... and that a commitment to sustainable practices becomes a cornerstone of our institutional mission.

The Seven Dimensions of Sustainability

Dimensions Indicators of Sustainability Activities

Institutional Mission, Structure & Planning

Formal written statements of mission and purpose reflect a commitment to sustainability

Positions, committees, etc. exist which reinforce sustainability

Sustainability and environmental issues given broad visibility on campus

Institutional Learning Outcomes

RSIC Committee

Sustainability Website

Sustainability Policy
o Energy Policy
o Procurement Policy

Faculty & Staff Development & Rewards

Hiring, tenure and promotion recognize faculty contributions to sustainability

Faculty and staff development opportunities enhance environmental awareness and sustainability

AACC SEED Center Mentor Institution

All College Day Event– Fall 2014

Student Opportunities

Orientation and opportunities for student action and involvement in sustainability initiatives

Exposure to environmental of sustainability-related careers

Campus as Living Laboratory for Sustainability

LEED Green Associates Program

Sustainable Student Transportation
o Shark Shuttle
o 511/NY Rideshares

Curriculum

Courses with sustainability content in all departments

Sustainability part of traditional disciplinary education

Institution’s relationship to surrounding environment part of formal and informal education

Degree and Certificate Programs

Renewable Energy & STEM Center
o Siemens Partnership

Operations

Environmental and sustainable practices (such as energy conservation and waste reduction)

Operations integrated into education and research

LIPA CSI-FIT II

Behavior Based Energy Performance Contract

Waste management - Covanta

EV Charging Stations

Green Roof Projects

Small Wind

Campus Fleets
o Zip Car

Community Outreach & Service

Projects and programs support sustainable local communities

Partnerships for sustainability with K-12, business, government and other institutions at regional, national and international levels

Building OS

Sustainable Southampton Committee

Startup NY

K-12 Orientation at Renewable Energy & STEM Center

International Green Skills Network

Research & Scholarship

Research and scholarship on sustainability-related topics/issues

Interdisciplinary programs/structures for research and policy development