The Skyline College Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) is an all-campus program engaging students, faculty, staff and the community to create a Culture of Sustainability at Skyline College. The goal of the SCI is to increase awareness of sustainability concepts within the Skyline community, and activate student engagement through innovative experiential learning.
What is Sustainability?
The Bruntland Commission of 1987 officially defined sustainability as “Meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations.” Sustainability explores questions such as: we using our resources effectively with little or no harm to the environment? Are people treated equally? What do we need to do for future generations to thrive? And what is economically feasible?
What is Skyline doing?
With some seed money from the President’s Innovation Fund, Skyline College has implemented a number of programs fostering sustainable thinking, facilitating communication, and exciting action by students, faculty, staff and the administration.
Specific Activities of the SCI
- Creation of a Faculty Learning Community focused on integrating sustainability concepts into curriculum and the classroom. The purpose of these community gatherings is to provide a supportive environment where faculty members can gather to exchange ideas with the larger goal of integrating these new ideas into their lesson plans.
- Seminars that educate and inspire faculty, staff, students, and the community at large to incorporate environmental, social and economic concepts into their work and personal life.
- As part of this Initiative, Skyline College hosts all-Campus Sustainability Workshops to solidify the campus as a resource and educational hub in the community on sustainability topics.
- An Environmental Service Learning Course that creates opportunities for student-led initiatives in the broader community. Students will work with staff from campus facilities, nearby cities, or local non-profits to help further their real-world goals in sustainability.
For more information, contact:
- Carina Anttila-Suarez, Professor for Biology and Environmental Science