Sustainability at SMC
SMC is known for its innovative environmental programs and wide offerings of high-quality environmental classes. In fact, the institution is a leader in campus sustainability in the CA Community College system. Sustainability can be found in everything we do from campus facilities and buildings, to student life including classes and degrees. It's a part of our culture.
Campus sustainability provides students who want to experience the challenge of solving real world problems with opportunities to apply their learning in ways that prepare them for future careers. Leaders in campus sustainability challenge our higher education institutions to “educate students for character and citizenship as much for commerce and career.”
Our mission to prepare students for global citizenship necessitates educating them in principles of sustainability and engaging them in a step-by-step process of implementing such principles on a daily basis.
Environmental Certificates and Degrees
Associates Degrees in:
Manages the Organic Learning Garden on campus and teaches students how to grow their own food. Meets Tuesdays 11:15 @ Organic Learning Garden.
SMC Bike Club
Building campus bike culture, teaching repair and safety skills, leading group rides, repairing students’ bikes, and supporting bike initiatives. Meets Thursdays 11:15 @ Bike Lot on Pearl St.
Eco Action Club
We raise awareness about sustainability issues on campus, host events and perform environmental research projects. Meets Thursdays 11:15 @ CEUS – 1744 Pearl St.
Plastic Free SMC
Works on initiatives to reduce disposable plastics on campus. Meets Thursdays 11:15 @ CEUS — 1744 Pearl St.
How SMC incorporates Sustainability into everything
Events include: Beach Cleanups, DIY workshops, Seed Bomb making, and Zero Waste events.
SMC Sustainability in the News
Buildings and Facilities
All new buildings will be built to LEED Gold or higher.