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Sustainability at MCC


Sustainability is the ability to thrive while meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. Being sustainable can mean doing more with less or finding renewable resources to replace finite ones. At Metropolitan Community College, we are continuously working to provide top-notch education and operate in ways that are economically sound, environmentally prudent and socially responsible.

MCC is empowering today's students to be future leaders in the growing clean and green economy. MCC's approach to sustainability is three-pronged; sustainability touches our classrooms, our campuses, and the community. 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


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! Let's aim for silver for our next submission.

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

Learn more about AASHE.


Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series 

MCC is proud to announce our fourth year of partnership with Central Community College, Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Environmental Studies, University of Nebraska Omaha and WasteCap Nebraska. The SLPS will continue to bring you monthly presentations on topics related to sustainability, energy and the environment. Join us the first Thursday of every month of the academic year (excluding January) to hear expert speakers on a variety of sustainabiltiy topics. See the SLPS webpage for information on topics, event locations, and online log in information.

Please join in the conversation via social media by using the hashtag #SLPSThursday.


In the classroom, students receive training in automotive biofuels, ecosystems, sustainable landscaping and energy efficient construction. Sustainability concepts have also been integrated into a number of courses across the MCC catalog. Our ongoing education classes also feature a number of classes with sustainability features. 



On campus, MCC is committed to achieving LEED Certification for all new buildings. LEED is an international building standard that helps guide the design of buildings that are energy and water efficient and healthy for building occupants. These three new buildings added over 270,000 square feet of certified buildings to the MCC campus profile—over 24% of the total!


MCC is committing to offering a variety of transportation options. Students enrolled in credit, ESL, or GED classes are eligible for Pass to Class, a program that gives these students free bus passes for education-related transportation.

B-cycle locations are available on both the Fort and South campuses. B-cycle has bikes that are available for rent. These bikes are free for the first hour and offer discounted annual memberships for students. B-Cycle is a city-wide program and bikes checked out on the Fort campus can be returned to any other B-Cycle station. See the Omaha B-cycle website for more information on bike stations and membership information.

Contact & Updates

Questions or comments on MCC sustainabiltity efforts? Contact MCC's coordinator of sustainable practices via email or phone at 531-MCC-2621.

If you are interested in MCC sustainability news or getting involved in MCC sustainability efforts, submit your email for updates and information