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Overview

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 activities, alongside college-wide programs and community service.

Educational Activities

Learning about sustainability can...

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

Events

We plan events throughout the year that teach sustainable living.

  • Trash Art Competition: Promotes the practice of repurposing or upcycling materials that are destined for the landfill. Students take these materials and create inspiring works of art.
  • Conservation Fair: Showcases many local conservation organizations through family-friendly carnival games and live animal viewings.
  • Garden Classes and Design Teams: Provides opportunities for students to learn about gardening and practice their knowledge and skills on a garden in the Centennial Campus Courtyard.

Class-related Activities

Sustainability is relevant to all disciplines and trades. The Office of Sustainability works with instructors to plan class-related activities that connect sustainability principles with course content. Students will discover real-world application while developing their critical, systems, and cross-disciplinary thinking.

Examples:

  • Class projects (group and individual)
  • Field trips
  • Service learning projects
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Campus as a Living Lab experiences
  • Discussions (panel, facilitated, interdisciplinary)
  • Workshops

Sustainability Club

The Sustainability Club provides opportunities for students to learn about sustainability outside the classroom.

  • Open to all students
  • Managed by students with the support of an advisor (faculty or staff)
  • Must maintain four active members that serve as club officers and meet regularly
  • You get out of it what you put into it
  • The Club has planned litter cleanups and volunteered for the Office of Sustainability's events

Email Sustianability@ppcc.edu for more information. 

College-wide Programs

The Office of Sustainability complements their activities by investing in small-scale programs. 

  • Recycling (Funded by PPCC Pilot Program and Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment)
  • Sustainability Garden, Centennial Campus Courtyard (Supported by Pikes Peak Permaculture) 
  • Hydroponics Demonstration, Centennial Campus, The Grove (Funded by El Paso County)
  • Student Bus Pass 
  • Solar Picnic Tables, Centennial and Rampart Range Campuses (Funded by Student Government Association) 
  • Water Bottle Filling Stations, All Campuses, Partially funded by the Student Government Association

Community Service

We recognize that the support of our community partners is critical to maximizing the impact of our sustainability efforts.

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 litter cleanups 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 cleanup 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 the 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.

Contact Us

Sustainability Coordinator: Konrad Schlarbaum

Location: Centennial Campus, Student Life

Phone: (719) 502-2342

Email: Sustainability@ppcc.edu