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Student Jobs Available:
- Recycling Student Worker ($15/hr, Federal Work Study Financial Aid eligibility is required)
- Garden Manager ($15/hr, Federal Work Study Financial Aid eligibility is required)
- Sustainability Internship (Unpaid, open to all majors)
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. In January, 2020, the SMC Board of Trustees passed a Climate Change and Sustainability resolution stating that we will strive to achieve the following goals:
Goals for 2025
- Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission to 30 percent below 1990 levels.
- Increase renewable energy consumption to 25 percent.
- 25 percent of fleet vehicles are zero-emission vehicles.
- 50 percent of all new buildings and major renovations will be constructed as Zero Net Energy.
- 50 percent of all new buildings and major renovations will achieve at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Silver" or equivalent rating.
- Increase procurement of sustainable products and services by 20 percent compared to current levels.
- Reduce municipal solid waste by 25 percent compared to current levels.
Goals for 2030
- Doubled in all areas except GHG reductions (which fall to 40%) and procurement (increase by 5%).
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. We believe institutions of higher education should “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.
The Sustainability Center is a living laboratory with many green building features presented in an educational demonstration model. Some highlights include:
- Solar tubes provide 100% of the light almost all year round.
- Desks are made from sunflower seed shells. The coffee table was once a door.
- Carpet and furniture upholstery are made from recycled water bottles.
- Office computers and solar water heater are the only source for heat in the winter.
- Plants are chosen off a list from NASA to efficiently filter indoor air.
- More energy is produced than consumed.
- Extensive composting and recycling make this a zero-waste office.
- A library of books, DVDs, and seeds.
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
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.
Associates Degrees in:
- Environmental Science (AS) PDF File
- Environmental Studies (AA) PDF File
- Public Policy (AA) PDF File
- Recycling & Resource Management (AS)
- Solar Energy (AS)
- Photovoltaic Installation
- Energy Efficiency
- Recycling Resource Management
The Recycling department collects SMC’s discarded items enabling them to be used as
resources for new products thereby diverting the material from becoming waste and
entering the landfill.
Our goal supports the college's mission of providing a sustainable learning environment where students learn the value of the earth’s resources by recycling and vermicomposting and their contributions to the global community.
Basic Do's and Don't of Recycling
- Drain liquids before recycling.
- Recycle paper, cardboard and chipboard boxes in separate bins to keep them dry and clean.
- Flatten cardboard boxes to make room for more.
- No paper coffee cups or lids.
- No foil packaging like chip bags of snack bars.
- No napkins, paper towels, tissues, or food-soiled paper plates or containers.
- No utensils.
Learn More About:
Find a green job on campus, or explore the various career paths available in sustainability, researching general industry topics covered in the field, and finding employment in related industries.
Join one of our clubs!
Eco-Action Club, SMC Bike Club, Club Grow, Plastic Free SMC, Care Club.
Learn how to grow your own food, and achieve a better understanding of food systems!
SMC Sustainability in the News
- A Learning and Healing Garden
- SMC's Corsair Market Feeds Food-Insecure Students
- SMC Creates a Sustainable Future
- SMC Grows Sustainable Technologies Program for Green Careers