What is Sustainability?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.”
SSC’s Sustainability Statement:
South Suburban College strives to be a leader in sustainability efforts. This mission is achieved in several ways. College initiatives include, but are not limited to, renovating College buildings for energy efficiency, purchasing a percentage of renewable energy and eco-friendly products, encouraging campus programs that incorporate reducing, reusing and recycling, providing contemporary training for the green economy and supplying sustainability information and forums to the College district. Our most important goal is to educate our staff and students to practice environmental stewardship at home and in the community.
The South Suburban College Sustainability Committee is committed to a sustainable future by improving the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the campus and the community through education and opportunities provided by our facility.
Sustainability Committee Goals:
- Educate the South Suburban College community on sustainability.
- Research current and potential sustainability practices.
- Plan and implement sustainability initiatives.
Bronze Level Compact School
Bronze Level Compact logo South Suburban College (SSC) has received recognition from the Green Governments Coordinating Council as a “Bronze Level Compact School” within the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact program.