Initiatives and Accomplishments

See what the colleges of DCCCD are doing to achieve their vision, mission and strategic goals for sustainability:​

Districtwide Initiatives and Accomplishments

Sustainability Outreach

  • DCCCD has produced a Sustainability Summit annually since 2011. The event is open to students, employees and community members. On average, more than 400 people attend and 95% of those who complete the evaluation say they would recommend the event to a friend next year.
  • At least once a year, DCCCD produces a "Sustainability in the Curriculum" Workshop, which is open to full and part time faculty who want to learn how to incorporate sustainability into their disciplines.

  • DCCCD has exhibited annually at Earth Day Texas, the largest Earth Day event in the USA, since its founding in 2010. 

Operational Effectiveness 

  • Renewable energy generates 10% of the electricity DCCCD purchases.
  • DCCCD's Sustainability Team provides sustainability subject matter experts for Purchasing committees that develop Requests for Proposal (RFP) (e.g. electricity, electric vehicles, recycling, etc.)

  • We also collaborate with the Facilities Services Council and its Energy Management Team to identify and implement energy efficiency projects, processes and best practices.

  • In 2019, hired an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps intern to analyze and streamline our Climate Commitment and Energy Star reporting processes. In 2014, an EDF Climate Corps intern conducted energy audits at all of the colleges of DCCCD and made recommendations for improvements.

  • DCCCD offers recycling at all DCCCD facilities.

  • DCCCD is in the process of transitioning to LED lighting.

Memberships and Affiliations