Dr. Joe May: Education is our business at the Dallas County Community College District. Providing a quality education has been our goal for more than five decades, since DCCCD was founded.
As sustainable practices began to grow across our nation, DCCCD’s commitment to sustainability in our classrooms and through our business practices has grown every year.
Higher education helps us create a sustainable community. We support sustainable programs in our curriculum and through activities that teach students and community members about sustainable living, too.
It’s our responsibility to apply sustainable practices and information in the classes we teach and activities that we promote on all of our college campuses as well as in the communities we serve.
I believe we have been successful with those efforts. Let me share several examples that show how education and sustainability go hand-in-hand.
The DCCCD annual Sustainability Summit brings keynote speakers who are experts in many areas of sustainability — from environmental justice to farming methods, from solar power to climate change, from urban agriculture to a host of other areas.
Speaker: Look around. You see all these people touching each other, embracing our humanity.
Dr. Joe May: We have covered topics that make a difference in people’s lives.
Richland College and North Lake College are frequent first-place winners in the national RecyleMania competition. While students learn about recycling, they also contribute to cleaner campuses and communities.
The community garden at Mountain View College teaches students and employees and nearby residents about raising their own food and encourages them to participate in that sustainable effort.
Several colleges constructed LEED-certified buildings during our most recent bond program. Those award-winning efforts contribute to the sustainability of our colleges and communities.
These examples and more illustrate DCCCD’s long-term commitment to sustainable education and business practices, including policies and procedures we use every day.