The NCSE Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations

The Handbook is a practical resource on sustainability education and operations at America’s community colleges. These reports are intended for anybody who works and attends a community college: faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners. Because it is structured to be updated frequently with input from the field, the handbook relies on the authors' hands-on experience as educators and practitioners on community college campuses, as well as interviews, case studies, and responses from our four-year partner institutions.

Completed Chapters





What’s Unique about Community Colleges and Sustainability?

Krista Hiser, Kapi’olani Community College

Resham Shirsat, Valencia College

Chapter 1

Sustainability and Campus Operations: Being a Model for the Community

Stephen Summers, Seminole State College of Florida

Chapter 2 Sustainability Curriculum: Three Models for Transformation Nancy Lee Wood, Bristol Community College
Chapter 3 Systems Thinking Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals Lori Delacruz Lewis, Mountain View College, Dallas TX
Chapter 4 Building an Ecosystem of Effective Institutional Partnerships  J. Keith Baker, North Lake College
Chapter 5 Assessing Sustainability: Everything Matters Bob Franco, Francisco Acoba, and Krista Hiser, Kapi’olani Community College

Forthcoming Chapters

  • Chapter 6:  Professional Development of Faculty for Sustainability Across the Curriculum
    • Stephanie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College
  • Chapter 7: Sustainability as a Strategy for Engaging Underrepresented Groups in in Higher Education
    • Darryl Gordon, Seminole State College of Florida
  • Chapter 8: Campus as Living Learning Lab: Best Practices in Applied Sustainability Learning on Campus
    • Maria Boccalandro, Cedar Valley Community College

Share Your Innovation in Sustainability 

If you and your community college are leading innovation in teaching or practicing sustainability, please consider submitting your project, program, or innovation in practice. With sustainability practices and innovations growing at a rapid pace, the communication of best practices and lessons learned is essential. Contact Kate Ceste for more information.