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Sustainability at CNM

Sustainability Initiatives, Curriculum, News, and Information

How CNM Defines Sustainability

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.


In the Spring of 2008, CNM President Katharine Winograd signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). After signing, she convened the President’s Sustainability and Climate Commitment Task Force (PSCC) which studied opportunities for CNM to become more sustainable and to reduce the College’s carbon footprint.

The PSCC released their recommendations in a report entitled the “Environmental Sustainability and Climate Neutrality Plan.” The plan identifies nine areas of impact: Academics, Energy, Food, the Built Environment, Landscaping, Procurement, Transportation, Waste/Recycling, and Water; and suggests specific actions for each area.

This website is a tool for tracking those efforts, as well as a means to educate the CNM community about past, current, ongoing, and upcoming sustainability-related initiatives. 


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