PCC's institutional commitments include the PCC Sustainable Use of Resources Policy and the American College & Universities Presidents Climate Commitment. At the district level, PCC Sustainability is focused on strategizing a foundation for sustainability that will ensure consistent and lasting progress is made in this rapidly evolving field.
Board Policy B-707 states that: "Portland Community College is committed to becoming a leader in academic programs and operational practices that model the sustainable use of resources, so that the needs of current generations are met without impairing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." In support of this policy, the PCC Sustainability Council spearheads the implementation, ongoing monitoring and updating of the College's sustainability commitments, including the Climate Action Plan.
Sustainable Purchasing Policy
Adopted by the PCC Board on July 14, 2011, the PCC Sustainable Purchasing Policy states that: "In accordance with the Oregon Community College Rules of Procurement member colleges are committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials and products which are fiscally responsible, reduce resource consumption and waste, perform adequately and promote human health and well-being. Recognizing their regional economic role Colleges shall seek opportunities to educate, encourage, and influence their respective markets by utilizing, where feasible, products and services including new environmentally preferable products, reusable products, recycled content and recycled products."
Climate Action Plan (CAP)
Portland Community College's first Climate Action Plan was signed off by PCC in 2009. This comprehensive report outlines how the college intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, including commitments to:
- Reduce levels 10% below 2006 levels by 2012
- Reduce levels 40% below 2006 levels by 2030
- Reduce levels 80% below 2006 levels by 2050
Please read PCC's Climate Action Plan for more information.