Sustainability Action Council


The Sustainability Action Council exists to plan, develop and sponsor strategic initiatives and activities by which SCC will operationalize the tenents of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

As signatory to the ACUPCC, SCC has pledged to lead our community in pursuit of the three elements of sustainability: environmental awareness, social responsibility, and sound financial stewardship. With a strong link to SCC2020 – SCC’s strategic plan – this council is charged to guide college efforts in fulfilling that pledge and to align with similar efforts withing the Scottsdale Community and across the Maricopa County Community College District.

Membership, Support and Expectations

The Council includes members broadly representative of college and community including those with expertise in any of the three elements, students, public school and other higher education representatives, and other categories deemed necessary to accomplish college goals. Members have been selected based upon willingness and capacity for active council membership and participation. Officially appointed by SCC’s president, members serve two or three-year terms, running from July 1 each year.

Reporting directly to the president, the council is co-chaired by one staff and one faculty member, elected/selected by the council as a whole. SCC provides administrative staff support for meetings as well as managing the council’s work program.

The council meets monthly, with additional meeting and/or subcommittee meetings as needed to accomplish the work program. With assistance of SCC administrative staff, in August each year, the council will present to the Presidnt’s Cabinet, an annual report of progress, plan renewal and priorities for the future.

To learn more about the SCC Sustainability Action Council, and how to become a member go to our website or email us at

Rational for this Council

“As SCC defines and extends the Artie Spirit, I believe that sustainability is a core value for SCC”
Dr. Jan Gehler – Scottsdale Community College President

SCC is obligated to accomplish ACUPCC’s goals through the Triple-Bottom-Line approach; the college has the expertise, the critical mas and the ability to educate our students regarding the pathway toward a better future for our world.

Students and community members look to the colleges and universities to take the lead in addressing the persisten, perennial and often dramatic challenges to our physical, social and economic future.

Though not widely appreciated, even during this difficult economic climate, colleges, universities and cities are discovering the long-term fiscal advantage to sustainable practices.

The Council, reporting directly to the president, is a highly visible statement to the college and the community at-large, about the importance of this part of our mission.


The Council is charged with developing an integrated SCC Sustainability Plan, linked by design to SCC2020 and other strategic and operational plans, e.g. transportation, purchasing, solid waste, academic/instructional, IT, focusing on the Triple Bottom Line, Environmental ResponsibilitySocial Equity and Economic Feasiblity.

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