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About the Sustainable Communities Institute

Do you have an interest in being a better steward of our planet? Do you wonder how we can produce and distribute healthier food for all? Are you concerned with being healthy and having a long and productive life? Are you interested in construction and want to catch the wave of the future? Think energy & water efficient healthy buildings. It is good for the wallet, improves your quality of life and has a lower impact on the environment. This is becoming the new quality standard in the building industry, both in the U.S. and abroad.

History of SCI:

With the encouragement from partners such as the U.S. Department of Energy Building America, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and supporters like the U.S. Green Building Council, Rice University/ Shell Center for Sustainability', Santa Fe Community College, University of Texas in Arlington, University of North Texas and Cedar Valley College have created the Sustainable Communities Institute.

Vision: Sustainable practices in action.

Mission of the SCI: The mission of the Sustainability Institute is to provide exemplary service to increase sustainability awareness and practice at Cedar Valley College and nearby communities.

  • Promote and provide information on sustainability to the college, its employees and students, and the public.
  • Design and facilitate programs and events that will improve sustainability at CVC and the southern Dallas and northern Ellis County cities.
  • Research current and future methods and techniques for improving sustainability.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Reduce green house emissions of the college.
    • Reduce waste and increase percentage of recycled materials through outreach and education, and provide information about products made from recycled materials.
    • Improve energy and water efficiency through awareness events, education, and practice.
  2. Support the southern Dallas and northern Ellis County cities in sustainable development.
    • Support local governments and communities on their sustainable initiatives and their sustainable workforce needs.
    • Collaborate with public institutions in the creation of sustainable public policies
    • Provide information and research on sustainable technologies
  3. Create alliance/ partnerships with other Schools, colleges and universities in promoting sustainability education and practice for obtaining job ready skills.
  4. Continue to include and expand sustainability in the curricula.
  5. Create and promote the "Living Laboratory" program. A hands-on opportunity for students to merge academics with campus facilities/ community outreach projects that give the student real-world skills, meeting the sustainability goals of CVC.
  6. Promote sustainability research and projects for the college and the local communities.
  7. Consultation for local and national government agencies seeking to create healthy, energy efficient green building codes, public policies and sustainable development projects.