Sustainability Home Page

Building Smart Communities with Sustainability and Resiliency

North Lake College encourages a culture of community stewardship. Our goal across campus is to promote success, wellness and conservation.

We believe that sustainability is good business practice. Smart investments now will generate efficiencies and drive future resource preservation.  We strive to create a foundational campus culture for first time visitors and returning alumni to foster a growing awareness of the sustainability triple bottom line – economy, environment and society.  North Lake models sustainability for our campus and for our community.  Sustainability and resilience efforts include: campus ecology, carbon reduction, global citizenship, green building, emergency preparedness, materials and recycling, renewable energy, transportation, tree conservation, urban agriculture, and water resources.

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

Campus Green Buildings
Energy efficiency and green building design is a priority for North Lake College, and includes three USGBC-LEED certified buildings on the Central Campus. We aim to reduce energy consumption by 5% annually across all four campuses. 

Sustainable landscape to support habitat for pollinators like Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and Texas Purple Martins (Progne subis) is an important component of achieving campus sustainability goals.  We continue to expand native and adaptive plants and trees to support pollinators and the changing climate. 

Leadership and Awards
North Lake College is a national leader in conservation and sustainability efforts. North Lake College President Dr. Slejko signed the Climate Leadership Commitment, with focus on Carbon Reduction and Community Resilience. 

Get Involved
North Lake College’s Green Club offers students opportunities to promote environmental stewardship and awareness. Phi Theta Kappa for honors students leads many sustainability efforts too!  Faculty, staff and students can also join the Sustainable Blazers Committee to help plan events and programs. 

SAGE Scholars Program for All Majors
Participate in Texas' first emphasis track in sustainability to 'green' and 'globalize' any degree program offered at North Lake College. SAGE means Sustainability Awareness and Global Education. SAGE designated courses include global sustainability topics. Students receive an honorary green cord for graduation after completing all SAGE Scholars requirements.  

Accessibility

North Lake College is committed to ensuring accessibility of its digital technology and is actively working to increase the accessibility of this webpage and electronic documents. Should you experience any difficulty in accessing information on this webpage, please contact Brandon Morton at 972-273-3392 or bmorton@dcccd.edu.