The Sustainability Institute was formed in May 2010, By faculty in the District Academic Senate and and our broad campus network to promote environmental awareness in the transfer curriculum, in job training programs, and in our daily practice at all nine district colleges. A Sustainability Committee has met monthly since 2007 and over 90 faculty, administrators and staff are now on our mailing list.
the conservation of resources between generations
the elimination of waste
the achievement of the zero Carbon footprint
the perpetuation of living systems
Sustainability Institute of the LACCD
The viability of earth systems and society itself are under greater threats and require that we engage more directly in the consequences of human actions. The need for a broad understanding of the environment and our impact upon it has never been more urgent. Preparing the next generation to confront these challenges is crucially important, and education must be central to a significant shift in our consciousness and response to present and future challenges. A District environmental studies program that incorporates these goals is vital.
The LACCD Sustainability Institute aims to advance the principles of sustainable living through teaching, practice, and community participation in the belief that application of these principles will lead to an enduring and equitable society.
The Sustainability Institute (S.I.) will coordinate the efforts of the nine LACCD Colleges so that students, faculty, staff, and the community will have access to programs, courses, activities, and resources that enhance environmental awareness throughout the region. These efforts will lead to the creation of a trained and educated workforce for a sustainable economy.
Our Work So Far
A District Sustainability Advisory Committee has met monthly since 2007. Out of these discussions, the Sustainability Institute was formed in May 2010. Over 65 faculty, administrators, and staff are on the Institute’s mailing list and an even larger number have participated in trainings, events, and activities.
We have focused significant effort on the development of a widely interdisciplinary environmental studies program. There is still work to do coordinating courses into a multi-track degree program to be used throughout the district, but substantial progress has been made.
The S.I. has been funded in recent years by federal grant money and a generous individual donation.
Among our accomplishments…
- Offering LEED GA Test Prep Seminars/Credit Courses, in partnership with the U.S.Green Building Council ;
- Setting up an Environmental Science, Studies and Technology District Discipline Committee;
- Creating an Environmental Science and Studies courses and programs at East LA, Southwest, and Valley Colleges;
- Offering SustainableWorks and “CSI Your Home” workshops;
- Receiving a grant (Roots of Success) for environmental literacy and practical skills for energy conservation and environmental literacy;
- Participating in the Southern California Marine Institute in San Pedro, CA.;
- Presenting lectures and film screenings (“So Right, So Smart”, “Green Fire”);
- Being awarded a U.S. Dept. of Labor grant for research on “green jobs” in the San Fernando Valley and offering the Environmental Studies 101 class for the L.A. Fellows Program at Los Angeles Valley College;
Our immediate goals include …
- Expanding Environmental Studies programs throughout the District;
- Offering a district-wide symposium for environmental educators;
- Expanding guest lecture series and film/video screenings;
- Creating curriculum and programs related to our “Mountains to the Sea” initiative;
- Developing a membership role with the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI);
- Exploring local farming partnerships and opportunities;
- Promoting sustainable practices throughout the district and the communities we serve;
- Seeking out grant opportunities to fund outreach and community involvement activities.