President's Climate Commitment - Climate Action Plan

Path to Carbon Neutrality

Estrella Mountain Community College is a signatory of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.  Through this commitment, EMCC will work toward completing the following goals as outlined by the Commitment:

  • Initiate the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible.
  • Initiate two or more of the following tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the more comprehensive plan is being developed.
  • Make the action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available by providing them to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for posting and dissemination.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

The Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCCD, or “the District”), of which Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is a member, construct all new buildings on our campuses to LEED Silver standards (or equivalent) or higher. In the District’s Capital Development Project Manual, it states that “All new college buildings and renovation projects should be designed to meet general sustainable building principles and ‘green building’ criteria where practical to do at reasonable costs and investment return.” This is supported by the MCCCD Sustainability Report that states that “Newer colleges and newer buildings on older campuses are already adhering to the district’s guideline of building/renovations that meet LEED Silver standards.” According to Randy Mauldin, EMCC’s Director of College Facilities Planning and Development, “the District’s standard specifications (which we are required to use) outline/require materials and processes that would yield a LEED certifiable building.”


2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

At EMCC’s Facilities website it states that “Our practice is to purchase and utilize Energy Star rated appliances.”


3. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

EMCC is part of Maricopa County’s Trip Reduction Program. We encourage use of public and alternative modes to single auto occupancy transportation by providing carpool permits to both employees and students that allow preferred parking for carpool participants. We also offer subsidized bus passes for our students and employees. A bus stop serving the EMCC community is located conveniently on campus (see “Transit Center” between lots E and F, on the Southwest end of campus, off Thomas Road.