Sustainability at PPCC
At PPCC we understand the importance of social, economic and environmental sustainability to the Pikes Peak Region. Our approach to sustainability will engage students to increase community development throughout the college. PPCC will start with resource conservation, community outreach and sustainability curriculum. PPCC students have already shown a commitment to sustainability through a community garden, tree planting and the green fee. We will continue to provide a learning environment that builds understanding of sustainability and our impact on the local community. The Office of Sustainability will encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in developing a socially responsible institution and reduce our carbon footprint through various sustainability initiatives.
Definition of Sustainability
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines sustainability accordingly:
"Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations."
"Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."
To establish The Office of Sustainability at Pikes Peak Community College.
Create a sustainable educational institution that addresses pressing environmental, social and economic issues through community outreach, curricula and infrastructure.
The Office of Sustainability strives to achieve its' mission by doing the following:
- Plan events that generate awareness of pressing environmental issues and teach sustainable lifestyle habits.
- Collaborate with faculty to plan co-curricular activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement and infuse sustainability principles into the academic curriculum.
- Work alongside staff to make improvements to managing waste, increasing overall resource efficiency, and purchasing local and eco-friendly products.
- Collaborate with faculty to integrate the principles of sustainability into academic programs.
- Reach out to the community to: connect with resources, share best practices, promote achievements in sustainability, and get involved in community-wide activities.
History of The Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability was an initiative championed by Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Student Government. They sought and received student and administrative approval in May 2011 for the chartering of the office and funding from a student fee of $0.35 per credit hour. In addition, The Office of Sustainability was given a sunset of five years and currently has until Spring 2016 to show that it is a worthwhile pursuit for the campus community.
Konrad Schlarbaum is a native of Colorado and served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for over five years. After receiving an honorable discharge, he enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) as a veteran, first-generation, and non-traditional student and received a B.A. in environmental and sustainable studies and a B.S. in recreation, tourism and hospitality. In addition, Konrad fell in love with his wife, Rebecca, and has been married for three years.
Konrad's most memorable experience was co-founding and presiding over UNC’s first green fund: Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF). Supported by a 250,000 dollar estimated annual student fee funded budget, the Student LEAF committee depended on relationships forged with students, staff, and faculty to purpose education initiatives and infrastructure projects that promoted resource efficiency and environmentally conscious lifestyles.
Please feel free to contact Konrad with all things related to sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (719) 502-2342.