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CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Cuyahoga Community College is taking a lead role in showing that environmental awareness can have a major impact on colleges large and small.
pening in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College (TriC) is Ohio’s first community college, as well as the state’s oldest and largest community college. The college serves more than 55,000 students each year from four state-of-the-art campuses and seven other locations throughout northeast Ohio. Additionally, Tri-C is ranked No. 1 nationally for the number of associate degrees conferred in health professions and related programs among two-year colleges and is the 10th largest community college in the nation. Tri-C is proud of the significant educational impact it continues to have on its community. At the same time, the college is dedicated to ensuring that its environmental impact remains as small as possible.
Tri-C explains its sustainability mindset as the achievement of its educational and community goals while maintaining “responsibility for preserving the environment, promoting the economy and improving society.” To this end, the college has achieved a number of improvements. Since 2000, it has reduced its energy use in existing buildings by 29 percent per square foot, adjusting for student population and weather; reduced use of potable water in existing buildings by 30 percent; established community gardens at its Metropolitan and Western campuses; and added workforce training classes in LEED, certified energy management and building commissioning. Tri-C is proud of these improvements, but it still has greater goals to meet. “We want to be the poster child for energy savings,” Vice President of Facilities Development and Operations Peter Mac Ewan stresses. “We will save $44 million over 18 years on energy-saving projects. Additionally, we have developed a robust recycling program and invested in trash compactors. We have four traditional campuses, and all of them have their own sustainability program based on an overall sustainability plan for the college.”
receive a much larger part of the college’s focus. He initially embarked upon improving energy usage by the college’s facilities and hired a sustainability coordinator, actions that made Tri-C students, faculty, and staff take notice. “I created a sustainability plan just for the facilities group, but that became the sustainability plan for the entire college,” he says. “The next step was to calculate our carbon footprint with a goal of carbon neutrality. The rest of the college really embraced what we were doing and expanded the sustainability plan to include academic and communication considerations.” Tri-C says it “aspires to instill in our students, faculty and staff a sense of stewardship toward the environment by giving them the information and support to continue sustainability efforts beyond the campus environment.” The college’s sustainability plan groups its goals into six categories: • Reach carbon neutrality by increasing energy efficiency, exploring renewable energy options and reducing its transportation footprint; • Reduce the impact of its buildings by following LEED standards and other best practices in design, construction, and operations, creating healthy spaces and programs, and improving stormwater management; • Apply sustainable principles to procurement practices; • Increase its waste-diversion recycling; • Infuse sustainability literacy throughout the curriculum; and • Increase awareness of sustainability issues among campus and community members.
A Widespread Plan
Tri-C launched an energy-savings program and small recycling program in 2000, Mac Ewan says, but when he came on board in 2006, he and his team helped these programs
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