​​​Sustainability at SMC

SMC is known for its innovative environmental programs and wide offerings of high-quality envir​onmental 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

Environmental Certificates and Degrees Associates Degrees in:

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Eco Clubs

Club Grow

Manages the Organic Learning Garden on campus and teaches students how to grow their own food. Meets Tuesdays 11:15 @ Organic Learning Garden.
(Email: smc.clubgrow@gmail.com)
Visit our Facebook page.

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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.
(Email: smcollegebike@gmail.com)
Visit our Facebook page.

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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.
(Email: ecoaction.club.smc@gmail.com)
Visit our Facebook page.

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Plastic Free SMC

Works on initiatives to reduce disposable plastics on campus. Meets Thursdays 11:15 @ CEUS — 1744 Pearl St.
(Email: plasticfreesmc@gmail.com)
Visit our Facebook page.

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How SMC incorporates Sustainability into everything


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Zero Waste Programs  

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.

Buildings and Facilities 

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