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Climate Leadership

    Sustainability Vision Statement

    To serve as a leader in a network of individuals and organizations for Economic, Environmental and Societal Sustainability, and working with community partners, we will enhance and develop our curriculum, policies, and workforce initiatives to meet the challenges of our future together.

    Key Performance Areas for Sustainability

    1) Awareness and Marketing

    2) Carbon Footprint

    3) Community Partnerships

    4) Education Programs

    5) Student, Faculty and Staff Participation

    6) Vendor Services and Procurement


    Sustainability and Resilience Standards

    AASHE-STARS
    In 2009, North Lake College was a pilot project participant of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) for Colleges and Universities. STARS outlines five overarching categories for measuring higher education efforts: (1) Academics, (2) Engagement, (3) Operations, (4) Planning and Administration, and (5) Innovation. 

    USGBC-LEED
    United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Standards are a set of criteria for buildings and homes in seven broad categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Materials, Transportation, Health, and Innovation. North Lake College has three LEED certified buildings. 

    CRI
    City Resilience Index was created with help of the Rockefeller Foundation to help communities understand and measure their ability and capacity to endure, adapt and transform. North Lake College is working with Second Nature and a National Working Group of colleges and universities to apply the CRI to campuses in five overarching categories: (1) Health & Wellness, (2) Governance & Engagement, (3) Ecosystem Services, (4) Physical Infrastructure, and (5) Finance & Economic Development.

    UN-SDGs
    United Nation Sustainable Development Goals are 17 specific global goals to help address the world's challenges by 2030. North Lake College and DCCCD have adopted the SDGs as a framework for education programs and model leadership practices. 

    Presidents' Climate Commitment

    Dr. Christa Slejko, President of North Lake College, established the Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2015, with a focus on Carbon Reduction and Community Resilience.  This is a high-visibility effort to address global challenges to our Economy, Environment and Society by gaining institutional commitments to enhance Student Success, Community Partnerships, and overall Institutional Effectiveness.

    Awards & Leadership

  • 2008-2010 Second Nature Steering Committee member
  • 2012-2013 Second Nature Leadership Level Magna Cum Laude
  • 2016 Innovation of the Year Award for SAGE Scholars Program, from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
  • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Tree Campus USA Award
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 RecycleMania Waste Minimization Winner
  • 2016, 2017 RecycleMania Campus Engagement Case Study Award
  • 2011 EPA Region 6 Solid Waste Community Leader Award
  • Member, Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center (SEED)
  • Member, Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE), National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Member, Sustainability Management Association
  • Member, Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS)
  • Member, Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Member, Teaming with Wildlife: True to Texas Coalition