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.
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 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.
- 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 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
- L.E.D. Lighting Pilot Project
- Solar Crosswalk Signs
- Solar Picnic Tables (Student Government funded)
- Recycling Program (grant funded Rampart Range Campus Recycling Stations- in progress)
- Hydration Stations (partially Student Government funded)
- Transportation (student bus pass program and bicycle friendly certification-in progress)
- Centennial Campus Garden (partnering with Culinary Arts Program and Sustainability Club)
Coordinator: Konrad Schlarbaum
Location: Centennial Campus Student Life
Phone: (719) 502-2342