Economic Sustainability

Initiatives and Accomplishments

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

Districtwide 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 2015. 

Operational Effectiveness 

  • Ten% of the electricity DCCCD purchases is generated from renewable energy.
  • 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.

  • Received a grant that funded an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps intern to conduct energy audits at all of the colleges of DCCCD in the summer of 2014.

  • DCCCD offers recycling at all DCCCD facilities.

  • DCCCD has upgraded T-12 lamps to the more energy efficient T-8 lamps, and are beginning to transition to LED lamps.

Memberships and Affiliations