PPCC Sustainability believes in the power of education and the positive impacts that result from student engagement. This frame of thought drives the core principles of the Office, with a large focus on educational programs, along side community and infrastructure projects.


Learning about sustainability can...

  • Save you money, improve your wellbeing, and sustain the environment all at the same time.
  • Improve critical thinking and problem solving skills, which are highly desirable when job hunting.
  • Compliment all academic and vocational programs at PPCC.
  • Satisfy new UCCS transferring standards set forth in the Compass Curriculum Program.


We plan events throughout the year that teach sustainable living.

  • Earth Week: Past topics have included advocacy and food.
  • Thrift Shop Prom: Teaches the concept of reuse through second-hand clothing.
  • Trash Art Competition: Promotes the concept of repurposing or upcycling trash into works of art.

Sustainability Club

The Sustainability Club provides students with opportunities to learn and promote sustainability at PPCC.

  • Cleans litter from our adopt-a-creek three times a year
  • Manages a small garden at the Centennial Campus
  • Assists with Office of Sustainability events and activities

Co-curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities are an extension of the formal learning experiences in a course or academic program.

We supports the following co-curricular activities:

  • Class projects
  • Field trips
  • Service projects
  • Documentary screenings
  • Guest speaker presentations


PPCC Sustainability recognizes that community outreach is crucial to achieving a sustainable campus and culture.

City of Colorado Springs' Adopt-A-Waterway Program

  • The Office of Sustainability adopted a portion of Monument Creek alongside Goose Gossage Sports Complex. We plan Creek Cleanup events at least once a semester.

Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control, and Greenway District's Creek Week Cleanup

  • The Office of Sustainability participates in the largest watershed-wide litter clean up in Colorado. Also, we serve on the planning committee to grow the impact of the event each year.

Green Cities Coalition

  • The Sustainability Coordinator serves as the board chair of Green Cities Coalition. This membership-based organization hosts monthly networking events, generates bi-monthly newsletters, and supports an online calendar of sustainability-related events.

Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival

  • Pikes Peak Community College hosts the annual event that gives over 800 District 11 4th graders "a chance to learn about water, wildlife, and pollution in a fun, hands on setting." The Office of Sustainability coordinates volunteers and campus resources.

Peak Alliance for Sustainable Future's Sustainability In Progress

  • The Sustainability Coordinator regularly attends this monthly event that features speakers on various sustainability topics.


Office of Sustainability Projects

  1. L.E.D. Lighting Pilot Project
  2. Solar Crosswalk Signs
  3. Solar Picnic Tables (Student Government funded)
  4. Recycling Program (grant funded Rampart Range Campus Recycling Stations- in progress)
  5. Hydration Stations (partially Student Government funded)
  6. Transportation (student bus pass program and bicycle friendly certification-in progress)
  7. Centennial Campus Garden (partnering with Culinary Arts Program and Sustainability Club)

Contact Us

Coordinator: Konrad Schlarbaum

Location: Centennial Campus Student Life

Phone: (719) 502-2342

Email: Konrad.Schlarbaum@ppcc.edu