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. PCC’s institutional commitments include the American College & Universities Presidents Climate Commitment.
Climate Action Plan
Portland Community College’s first Climate Action Plan was signed by PCC in 2009. The second edition was signed in May 2013. This comprehensive report outlines how the college intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
- Second Edition:
- The 2013 Climate Action Plan was signed on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
- First Edition:
- The 2009 Climate Action Plan provides additional context.
Policies and Reports
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE, an acknowledged thought leader that advances sustainability by providing invaluable resources, with broad participation from diverse representatives of the higher education community.
In 2017 we received a Silver level rating!
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report provides data on PCC’s overall emissions by Inventory year. We’ve been working to achieve a GHG emissions reduction goal of 40% below 2006 emissions by 2030.
View the 2016 GHG Inventory Update and see our progress to date.
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.
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.”
PCC leads the community in sustainable innovation, efficiency, transparency, and excellence in all of its operations. PCC’s strategic, data-informed approach and open communications streamline management and operations to achieve academic excellence and provide student services in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner.