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.

How it All Started

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.

Sustainability FAQ

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Definition of Sustainability

Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.

For more practical detail the behavior you wish to continue indefinitely must be defined. For example:

Environmental sustainability is the ability to maintain rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely.

Economic sustainability is the ability to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely.

Social sustainability is the ability of a social system, such as a country, to function at a defined level of social well being indefinitely.

A more complete definition of sustainability is thus environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This forms the goal of The Three Pillars of Sustainability.


Contact Sustainability

Office Hours:

  • Mon. 8:00 AM - 5:00 pm
  • Tue. 8:00 AM - 5:00 pm
  • Wed. 8:00 AM - 5:00 pm
  • Thu. 8:00 AM - 5:00 pm
  • Fri. 8:00 AM - 5:00 pm
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Direct Contact

Coordinator: Konrad Schlarbaum

Location: Centennial Campus Student Life

Phone: (719) 502-2342