At Portland Community College- we’re all in this together to promote sustainability.

FMS plays a leading role in PCC sustainability – from operations and administration, to education and encouraging sustainable behavior change.

FMS focuses its sustainability efforts around the college’s Climate Action Plan, PCC Strategic Plan, and the FMS Strategic Plan- which has a goal to infuse sustainability throughout all FMS practices by 2017. The Sustainability Manager is housed within the FMS department, and the FMS Director is co-chair of the college’s Sustainability Leadership Council- which is tasked with implementing the college’s Climate Action Plan.

FMS shows its commitment to sustainability through the following practices:

  • Participating in the Green Office Program
  • Implementing green cleaning practices that cut back on cleaning chemicals
  • Managing waste diversion efforts to reduce waste sent to landfill
  • Ensuring best maintenance practices to reduce resource consumption
  • Practicing strict Integrated Pest Management procedures that reduce chemical inputs by 70%
  • Integrating sustainable purchasing criteria into products and services purchased within FMS
  • Co-sponsoring the Strategic Energy Management initiative in collaboration with the Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Reducing energy consumption through energy infrastructure upgrades and retrofits
  • Advancing sustainability standards in projects and remodels
  • Supporting hands-on learning opportunities in sustainability for students
  • Promoting LEED sustainability training for employees (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)