|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
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Facilities Management Services
The Associated Students of Portland Community College have designated sustainability coordinators at each campus who organize green teams, sustainability events and initiatives, and oversee the Green Initiative Fund. These programs are student-focused.
Additionally, we have other student groups that focus on sustainability, including Green Teams, an Organic Gardening Club, an Environmental Club, and Bike Commuter Clubs. These are student-run and host various events and partake in sustainability initiatives throughout the district.
At the Sylvania campus, we have a learning garden that our Biology and Gerontology departments use, as well as the on-campus Environmental Center. The garden features a hand-made cob bench covered by an eco-roof. The garden is currently developing a rainwater catchment system and new vermiculture facilities.
The Rock Creek campus's Learning Garden grows vegetables, flowers, and fruit on 3.6 acres and is managed by Nora Lindsey. Within this space, there are 35 raised beds for farmstand and cafeteria production, 16 community beds, and ~1 acre in row cropping. The garden features an orchard, beehives, compost bins, an earthen oven, worm nursery, and a sustainably designed cob tool shed. Food harvested from the garden is sold at our weekly farm stand and donations are also made to the Rock Creek cafeteria and Women's Resource Center Canteen. Volunteers are encouraged to take food home through the volunteer rewards program.
The Southeast campus has a new organic 'Garden of Peace' that manages stormwater runoff sustainably. The Southeast campus also has a master plan for a garden that began construction in 2016. Our LEED Platinum Net Zero Newberg building is in the beginning stages of developing a learning garden at the center for students, staff, and community members.
The Rock Creek Campus's learning garden includes a weekly farmstand at which fresh produce from the garden is sold the day it is picked and then sold to help fund the garden. Volunteers can receive a discount if they help with harvesting.
The Green Initiative Fund is a fund comprised of monies from the Student Activity Fee, administered by a governing board made up primarily of students and is applicable to faculty, staff and students. Projects receive funding based on their carbon footprint reduction, waste reduction and/or supporting PCC's Climate Action Plan and other sustainability initiatives.
Each campus hosts Earth Week events every year, which often host speakers with students as the intended audience. Student groups and sustainability staff host a variety of events during other times of the year, including up-cycle fairs, waste audits, bike commuter challenges, etc. We also host annual symposiums for the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN).
Many events, especially during Earth Week, connect cultural/social arts to sustainability. For example, last Earth Week we hosted an eco-spirtual artist to host a discussion and art exhibit around spiritual sustainability concepts.
Faculty at Sylvania host the Sylvania Habitat Restoration Team, a group of individuals dedicated to keeping our natural areas, around PCC Sylvania, as close to natural as humanly possible. We're students, instructors, neighbors, local businesses, volunteers, and anyone who cares about working to keep our green spaces...green.
Our Environmental Center and sustainability office host events around sustainable life choices, up-cycling, gardening, biking, etc. We also have classes dedicated to sustainable life skills such as our Personal Sustainability class and community ed classes that teach gardening, naturopathic medicine, disaster preparedness, DIY courses, etc.
The Associated Students of PCC employ at least one student sustainability coordinator at each campus. We also have several student work-study positions focused on sustainability, including learning garden ambassadors, compost interns, sustainability outreach intern, sustainability assistant, and environmental coordinator. Work study, internships, & casual positions are available through the Sustainability Office & learning gardens.
Alternative Building Technology and Landscape Tech work closely with sustainability staff and students to educate students on sustainable building practices and sustainable landscape management.
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.