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Student Development Services
North is the member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.
North is pursuing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) by AASHE, which is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
North Seattle College, together with other Seattle Colleges attended the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) 2017 at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA to learn more about advance "sustainability in academics, operation and research". The Sustainability Coordinator and its students participate on WAHESC Committee conferences calls.
WAHESC conducted a Washington Higher Education Sustainability Hour in 2015. North Seattle College (Christian Rusby and Josh Meyers) presented on Native Lands Restoration. Scroll down for all a list of all presenters: http://wahesc.org/index.html
North is included as a case study in the AACC Report: A Guide to Climate Resiliency & The Community College, 2014, with the case study entitled Health: Resilient Workers, Resilient Systems. North had proposed a "sustainability in Health Care" Certificate as a means to more fully train workers in sustainable health care practices. http://theseedcenter.org/ClimateResiliencyGuide
During AASHE's Officer's retreat (summer 2016), participants voluntarily formed pods of four people that would coach one another. North Seattle College's sustainability coordinator meets on monthly video chats with the other 3 sustainability coordinators/directors (Univ of Richmond, National Outdoor Leadership, and Eastern Washington U). Each person rotates with particular help they may need at their respective institution and the other 3 individuals provide direction. All discussions help advance various components of sustainability reporting and with their programs. Examples of support provided include forming a sustainability council and writing a carbon reduction plan.
Another way the NSC participates in an ongoing mentor relationship is with its 2 partner campuses. All campuses plan time to evaluate one another's STARS submission and develop each program. Many benchmarks (e.g., GHG) are set by either the State or at District, so all campuses work together to create consistent data. The primary forum for check-ins occurs at a district sustainability meeting every quarter.
North Seattle peer reviewed the other colleges within the district, which include South Seattle College and Central Seattle College for their 2014 & 2017 AASHE (STARS) submission.
From begining of March 2015, a new 7.4-kW PV solar array sits atop North Seattle College’s Education Building, successfully installed after a two-year process of grant writing, vendor selection, and the shaping of an educational collaboration between North and Shoreline Community College.The array is a small, learning-oriented, and dynamic system; data collected by the experiments will be available to the public online in a read-only format. The intention of constructing this model is to create a center for High Performing Home Technology and Clean Energy Tech that involves both campuses in the future.
The inaugural Seattle College's Commencement 2017 ceremony at Safeco Field marks the first year that Seattle Colleges hold a pilot Cap & Gown Recycling program across all four campuses. Over one hundred gowns and caps set were collected and recycled. The Sustainability office will steam sanitize them in order to be used again by next cohort of students who can rent the gowns and caps and then return them.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.