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EMCC’s Definition of Sustainability

Sustainability is any practice that supports interconnections between the economy, society, and the environment, enabling people to become effective, engaged global citizens who conserve resources and promote opportunities for the future.

EMCC’s Definition of Sustainability in the Curriculum

Sustainability in the curriculum is any activity that effectively integrates principles of sustainability, resulting in the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to practice sustainable behavior. This includes modeling of sustainable practices in the delivery of course content.

Sustainability Programs

EMCC offers students and academic certificate in Sustainability and Ecological Literacy. This certificate enhances students' understanding of sustainable living practices associated with economics, equity and the environment. Through a combination of coursework and experiential learning, students engage in critical thinking, inquiry, and discourse, skills necessary for becoming socially responsible citizens who are ecologically and environmentally aware. The certificate is designed for, although not limited to, students seeking an Associate in Arts Degree and planning transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Sustainability-focused courses provide valuable grounding in the concepts and principles of sustainability. These courses educate students about how different dimensions of sustainability relate to and support each other in theory and practice. In addition, these courses help equip students with the skills to weave together disparate components of sustainability in addressing complex issues.

Sustainability-Related Courses

Sustainability-related courses help build knowledge about a component of sustainability or introduce students to sustainability concepts during part of the course. They may complement sustainability-focused courses by providing students with in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect or dimension of sustainability (such as the natural environment) or by providing a focus area (such as renewable energy) for a student’s sustainability studies, or they may broaden students’ understanding of sustainability from within different disciplines.