Story of Sustainability
In the fall of 2010 Columbia College signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This prompted the Office of Campus Environment to create the Sustainability Task Force. This multi-departmental group of faculty and staff began discussing areas in which the college could address the requirements asked of ACUPCC signatories. In 2011, the college drafted its Climate Action Plan, our Sustainability Roadmap. The Roadmap was drafted with input from the entire Columbia College community. The initial project was written with the assistance of the consulting team of TerraLocke and Sustainametics. In 2012, the college transitioned the staff position of Recycling Manager into the role of Sustainability Manager. The Sustainability Roadmap and Columbia's Greenhouse Gas inventory were updated in 2013.
Columbia's Sustainability Vision Statement
Columbia College Chicago seeks to use sustainability to better position students and the college to meet the emerging challenges and opportunities in the 21st Century. This includes a holistic commitment to environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic vitality. The college commits to integrate educational excellence, operational efficiency, and community responsibility in an ongoing search for a better global future. In addressing the climate challenge by reducing global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into the academic and social experience, the College will educate students who will communicate creatively, shape the public's perceptions of issues and events, and author the culture of their times.
We strive to build the campus into a sustainable community:
- to reduce energy use and minimize waste.
- to enable creative activity that helps the college understand and identify solutions to global environmental challenges.
- to incorporate issues of sustainability into students’ learning experiences throughout their academic, residential, and personal lives.
- to create an environment in which all members of the campus community are encouraged to pursue sustainability in their personal and professional lives.]