Sustainability

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In 2018, and again in 2020, SMC's President/ Superintendent, Dr. Katheryn Jeffery, re-affirmed SMC's commitment to doing all we can to work towards the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  SMC joined 1,500+  cities, businesses, universities, investors, and other organizations calling to: "Drive economic growth across every sector of the economy through job-creating sustainable investments; expand U.S. leadership at home and abroad; and reimagine community partnership to advance just and equitable climate solutions and build resilience to climate change."

In January, 2020, SMC’s Board of Trustees adopted the following Climate Change and Sustainability Policy Goals:

GOALS 2025

  • Reduce greenhouse gas 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 2030

  • Double all 2025 goals except; reduce greenhouse gas emission to 30 percent below 1990 levels; increase procurement of sustainable products to 25%; and reduce municipal solid waste by 50%.

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