Learn from Mt. San Antonio College’s (Mt. SAC) Sustainability Director and Sustainability Coordinator about how their college’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) has been put into action! Conventional climate action plans generally address greenhouse gas emissions and are focused on the three scopes of a campus’s carbon footprint. In contrast, the Mt. SAC Climate Action Plan is driven by a strong focus on curriculum implementation, professional development, community outreach, and student engagement.
The presenters will share how their team was able to develop an award-winning climate action plan and how they activated climate action plan goals over the last four years. Accomplishments include a sustainability professional development course for faculty, an environmental studies certificate for students, a student sustainability internship with industry leaders, and collaborative environmental stewardship projects with the surrounding community.
Mt. SAC proactively set ambitious targets for energy, waste, water, and transportation, with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. This will position the campus ahead of the curve of climate action requirements set forth by the State of California and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Examples of these endeavors include LEED-certified buildings, decarbonization of the campus grid, development of an on-site transportation hub, provision of outdoor teaching spaces, cultivation of a campus urban forest and sustainability gardens, and development of a campus reclaimed water system. Come to learn about how you can implement similar goals on your own campus!