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About

Sustainability at MCC

Overview

Sustainability is the ability to meet the social, environmental, and financial/economic needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This includes using resources responsibility and understanding that environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality are interconnected and require a systems approach.

MCC's approach to sustainability is three-pronged; sustainability touches our classrooms, our campuses, and the community.

MCC & AASHE STARS

AAHSE STARS is an international program that provides sustainability ratings for higher education institutions. MCC is excited to announce the completion of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) reporting process and earning a STARS Bronze rating.

STARS is an all-encompassing rating system reviewing academics, operations, and planning and administration. We are thrilled to have earned a bronze rating, but know we can do better! The next sumbission is scheduled for Spring 2021.

Sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system bronze seal Sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system participant seal

Learn more about AASHE.

SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

In 2020 MCC developed a sustainability master plan through a series of interactive decision making workshops. The plan resulted in the following five-year goals for the College. Many of the metrics in the document follow the AASHE STARS guidance. Online document coming soon.

 
Category Baseline 2026 Goal
Academics 8% of credit classes contain sustainability 
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27% of STARS Academic credits
30% of credit classes contain sustainability 
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50% of STARS Academic credits
Campus Engagement 37% of STARS Campus Engagement Credits 65% of STARS Campus Engagement credits
Diversity & Equity 57% of STARS Diversity & Equity credits 80% of STARS Diversity & Equity credits
Energy Efficiency & Greenhouse Gases 101.5 weather-normalized kBtu/sq.ft.
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15,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide equvalent (MtCO2e)
85 weather-normalized kBtu/sq.ft.
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20% reduction
Grounds .003% STARS Grounds credits 33% of STARS Grounds credits
Transportation Unable to get a baseline due to COVID-19 Will revist when MCC is at its new normal
Waste & Recycling 11% annual diversion rate 30% annual diversion rate

Annual Reports

Our 2019 Sustainability Annual Report illustrates our sustainability achievements in 2019 and prior years.

Sustainability Annual Report 2019:

Report Archives

2018 Sustainability Annual Report
2017 Sustainability Annual Report
2016 Sustainability Annual Report

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