Those of us at Butte College are committed to maintaining our national leadership in sustainability. Because Butte College operates as a small city it has a tradition of environmental stewardship. About five years ago we became more intentional about sustainability. As part of this effort we've made "Modeling Sustainability" one of the five initiatives in our Strategic Plan, signed the Talloires Declaration and the President's Climate Commitment, established a Board Policy on sustainability, and become active members in a variety of sustainability-oriented organizations to include the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
Our focus on sustainability is reflected in our curriculum, in our facilities and operations, and in our student activities. We've established a broad-based sustainability steering committee to oversee the program and to ensure that our efforts our coordinated.
Our approach to curriculum includes infusing sustainability themes into our general education and career and technical programs, creating career and transfer pathways tied to sustainability, and providing the local workforce with the training it needs to compete in the emerging green economy. Recently we developed a Sustainability Studies certificate program and a Green Building Systems program and are actively working to develop more certificates and training programs.
In facilities and operations Butte College is truly leading the way. Almost 50% of the main campus electricity requirements are met from our five on-campus solar arrays. In fact, Butte College generates more electricity from solar than any other community college in the country, and our goal is to be grid positive by 2012. We also operate the largest community college transportation system in California - keeping up to 1,300 cars off of the road each day. Our Arts Building and Student and Administrative Services building are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2009. Both of these buildings will be certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Our students are extremely committed to sustainability too. The Student Alliance for Sustainability, which serves as an umbrella organization to coordinate the sustainability activities by our clubs, is a best practice. Our students organize and participate in conferences, operate an on-campus Sustainability Resource Center, and conduct a wide variety of sustainability activities both on campus and in the community.
Based on our commitment to sustainability the college has been recognized by a number of media outlets and publications and was the winner of the National Wildlife Federation's 2008 "Chill Out" award.
Please join with us to make our planet a better place for future generations. If we all make an effort to do something we can collectively have a positive impact on our environment.