The NCSE Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations

The Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations is a practical resoImage of report coverurce for sustainability education and operations at America’s two-year colleges. These reports are intended for community college faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners.

This iterative handbook provides examples of real sustainability strategies and initiatives across specific topics that have been implemented at community colleges across the United States. The intent is to provide straightforward information and ideas that can be directly replicated or customized by any college employee at their institution, and to invite campuses to submit their own case studies and participate in a dialogue about effective practices. 

Completed chapters can be accessed below. If you would like a PDF of the full handbook, please contact Krista Hiser, Senior Fellow for Community Colleges.  


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.

Submit your case study.



Completed Chapters



What’s Unique about Community Colleges and Sustainability?

Resham Shirsat, Valencia College, FL

Krista Hiser, Kapi’olani Community College, HI

Sustainability and Campus Operations: Being a Model for the Community

Stephen Summers, Seminole State College, FL

Sustainability Curriculum: Three Models for Transformation

Lead Author: Nancy Lee Wood, Bristol Community College, MA

Contributing Authors: 
Jon Bjornson, James Corven, and Robert Rak, Bristol Community College, MA

Building an Ecosystem of Effective Institutional Partnerships 

Lead Author: J. Keith Baker, North Lake College, TX

Contributing Author: Robert Rak, Bristol Community College, MA

Assessing Sustainability: Everything Matters Francisco Acoba and Robert Franco, Kapi‘olani Community College, HI
Professional Development of Faculty for Sustainability Across the

Lead Author: Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College, IL

Contributing Author: Steve Brown, Cedar Valley Community College, TX


Forthcoming Chapters

  • Campus as Living Learning Lab: Best Practices in Applied Sustainability Learning on Campus

  • Urban Food Systems at Community Colleges

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Sustainability and Underrepresented Populations 

  • Workforce and Business Education for Sustainability at Community Colleges 

  • Sustainability Beyond STEM: Interdisciplinarity at Community Colleges 

  • Making Sustainability Sustainable: Institutionalizing at Community Colleges