Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP)

We hope you join Central Community College’s 3C Initiative, our collective efforts across the college to foster positive change and educate for a sustainable environment for everyone. Below you can learn about the college’s Environmental Sustainability Action Plan – our commitment, goals and actions in education, energy, waste, procurement, for our campuses and centers, and more – and what we are doing now to make a difference.

Central Community College’s Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) spells out our commitment, goals and actions CCC is taking to be a great steward of our environment – for our students, community and the planet. 

Explore CCC’s areas of impact and our visionary environmental stewardship commitment and leadership goals below.

Education and Training

Increase environmental stewardship e-Badges awarded by 5 percent annually based on previous year e-Badge completers for the next five years. 

By Spring 2018

Add one completely new e-Badge annually for five years.

By Spring 2018

Integrate three new environmental across the curriculum courses into the e-badge program annually.

By 2019

Establish environmental sustainability merit and need-based scholarships for CCC learners demonstrating leadership or career aspirations in fostering environmental stewardship. 

By 2020

Develop a renewable energy management industry committee that will offer internships to students and participate in Earth Week events

Energy and Climate

By 2019

Transition to one electric fleet vehicle and solar/wind charging station on each campus and the Kearney Center. Also allow staff and students to utilize the charging station. 

By 2020

Decrease student and employee commuter travel by 25 percent from the 2012-13 baseline on all campuses through public transportation and a commuter program at all campuses/centers.

By 2020

Achieve a minimum of LEED gold standards for every new building and construction project on campus.

By 2024

Each campus will be carbon neutral in electricity use on campus and local renewable energy projects shares.  

By 2034

Achieve climate-neutral impacts across all areas of operations and influence, including college facilities, business travel and commutes, and procurement.

Materials and Waste

By 2018

Annually increase FSC-certified and post-consumer waste content of paper by 10 percent. 

By 2019

Divert a minimum of 40 percent of college landfill and construction waste for recycle and reuse and begin a staff and food service provider composting program.  

By 2024

Decrease college paper use to achieve a 25 percent reduction from the 2016-17 baseline.

By 2025

Divert 50 percent of college landfill and construction waste and compost a minimum of 50 percent of food waste for use in the culinary and pollinator gardens.

By 2030

Purchase only products produced by environmentally sustainable and ethically certified vendors.

Landscapes, Water and Agriculture

By 2019

Establish pollinator gardens on each campus with an outdoor learning classroom.

By 2020

Eliminate organophosphate pesticide use on each campus.

By 2021

Establish a new greenhouse/aquaponics facility on each campus.

By 2022

Establish edible landscapes and local food production on each campus to provide 10 percent of the overall produce used by on campus food service vendors and the culinary program.

By 2023 

Establish a CCC farmer’s market.

By 2024

Any food waste is composted and used in the culinary and pollinator gardens on campus.

By 2025

Reduce water use by 25 percent overall.

By 2026

Eliminate fertilizer and pesticide use through composting and beneficial insects.

By 2028

Reduce water use by 40 percent overall.

By 2030

Transition monoculture agricultural contracts into local food production zones for the campus and local communities.

Community Service and Health Projects

By 2018

The Environmental Sustainability Office volunteers in a minimum of three community service and health projects annually.

By 2019

Become a Bike Friendly University.

By 2020

Organize and plan two bike/walk events per year.

By 2022

Have a bike share on each campus.

By 2023

Have trails connecting each campus to the local community.

Community Partnerships and Campus Events

Annually

Plan America Recycles Day, Earth Month, and other sustainability and community events in partnership with faculty, various on-campus departments/staff, local businesses and nonprofits. 

By 2018

Chair and plan a resiliency committee composed of members representing the CCC service district.

By 2018

Participate in three presentations at public events annually in the local community or in local media outlets.

By 2020

Participate in three local community sustainability groups/committees annually and volunteer at shared planned local events.

Contact:

Benjamin Newton
Environmental Sustainability Director
benjaminnewton@cccneb.edu
308-398-7962