Office of Sustainability

Students Advocating for Change

In 2021, the second-largest number of students in Pikes Peak Community College's history voted to permanently fund the Green Campus Fee, which supports the Office of Sustainability and Coordinator of Sustainability.
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General Information

What is sustainability?
  • Sustainability encompasses human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. 
Why learn about sustainability? 
  • Sustainability is relevant to all academic, technical, and vocational programs. Students learn how to conserve resources, work effectively on a team, and make long-term investments.
  • Sustainability concepts and practices prepare students to address society’s most pressing problems and give them a competitive advantage in applying for jobs.
Our Mission
  • To foster a culture of resource conservation, social equity, and environmental stewardship at Pikes Peak Community College.
Our Funding
  • We receive funding from a student fee called the Green Campus Fee. Students pay $0.39 per credit hour to support our modest operation budget and full-time coordinator of sustainability.  
Our Services 
  • Student Employment
    • We provide employment opportunities for all students.
  • Student Engagement
    • We partner with staff and faculty to plan events and activities.
  • Academics:
    • We support faculty in incorporating sustainability into their classes.
  • Operations
    • We partner with staff to reduce waste, increase resource efficiency, and purchase sustainable products and services.
  • Strategic Planning
    • We collaborate with administrators to incorporate sustainability into the college’s strategic plan and conduct college-wide sustainability assessments.
  • Community Outreach
    • We partner with community organizations to mutually exchange resources and opportunities.
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10 Year Achievements

Transportation
  • We championed the Student Bus Pass Program that serves over 1,000 students per year.
Waste Reduction and Diversion
  • We invested in convenient and consistent recycling stations in hallways, lounges, and parking lots across all campuses.
Student Employment
  • We trained and mentored over 45 student employees in seven years. 
Student Engagement
  • We engaged 3,000 students per year, planning events such as the Creek Cleanup, Green Holiday Fair, and Trash Art Competition.
Grounds Improvement
  • We transformed the Centennial Campus Courtyard Gardens from overgrown to an attractive place to study.
Facilities Improvements
  • We successfully proposed the PPCC’s first high-performance building.
Energy Efficiency
  • We piloted the first energy-efficient LED lighting project.
Awards
  • We won two regional sustainability awards in 2016 and 2018. 
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Sustainability Events

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