Amelia Pond at CCC's Spencer Crest Nature Center

Sustainability

CCC's Commitment to Sustainability: We strive to be a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable institution of higher learning.

Planning for Sustainability

Corning Community College's Sustainability Plan guides us in collaborating locally and promoting global awareness for social, environmental, and economic sustainability." The Sustainability Plan was developed in 2013 by the Sustainability Committee with input from the College community.

History

Green Campus Task Force

The Green Campus Task Force was formed in 2004 by a group of employees and students to:

  • adopt energy efficient, environmentally sustainable practices on campus
  • work with all areas of the College to research and adopt state-of-the-art conservation practices
  • educate in ways that everyone can participate in these sustainable actions throughout all aspects of their lives

From 2004 to2009, the CCC Green Campus Task Force succeeded in leading our college community into greater environmental awareness and action through such initiatives as bringing back paper recycling boxes to classrooms and offices; setting up beverage container recycling bins at various points on the campus; placing reminders to turn off lights next to light switches; lowering thermostats in winter; reducing outdoor lighting at night; encouraging putting to sleep or turning off computers when they are not in use; educating our campus community through information on MyCCC and the electronic sign board at the campus entrance; organizing programs with guest speakers representing solar, wind power, green roof, and geothermal technologies.

Sustainability Incentive Grants

The Office of the President funds three Sustainability Incentive Grants each year. These grants provide fiscal support to employees for projects related to each of the elements in the triple bottom line of sustainability: social, environmental, and economic. Grant applications are reviewed by a campus committee and recommended to the President for consideration.

Sustainability Committee

To sustain our commitment to being green, CCC created a Sustainability Committee. This committee continues the efforts of the Green Campus Task Force by researching sustainability policies on campus, making recommendations concerning waste, energy, and food, educating the campus through working with other groups on campus, and implementing green technologies as we upgrade and expand the College.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

CCC is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a membership-based organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education. As AASHE members, students and employees have access to an array of online sustainability resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development.