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Sustainability at CNM

Sustainability Initiatives, Achievements, and Education

Definition of Sustainability at CNM

Sustainability meets the social, economic, and environmental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability curriculum gives students the tools they need to address issues of energy production, environmental health, economic development, culture and society. Such curriculum encourages interdisciplinary learning and problem solving.

Sustainability Goals 

CNM’s overarching Sustainability goal is to reduce waste, water use, energy use, and carbon emissions while educating the CNM community about sustainable practices. 

History 

  • 2008: CNM President Katharine Winograd signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • 2009-2012: The President’s Sustainability and Climate Commitment Task Force (PSCC) identified nine areas of impact and suggested specific actions for each area. Details can be found in this document.  
  • 2012-2015: The Sustainability Curriculum Team (SCT) improved our sustainability efforts in academics, one of the nine areas of impact identified by PSCC. In the Summer of 2015, SCT was reorganized to become a faculty-led committee.
  • 2015-Present: The Physical Plant and the Sustainability Curriculum Committee (SCC) continue our efforts to meet the CNM sustainability goals.