Climate Action Plan 2.0 Conversation Kit Announcements and Updates

Climate Action Plan 2.0 has been approved by the Board of Education, and this Conversation Kit is now closed.

For questions, please contact Luis Maggiori, Sustainability Coordinator: or (541) 463-5884.

Climate Action Plan 2.0 Conversation Kit

Climate Action Plan 2.0 Announcements and Updates

Climate Action Plan 2.0 with most recent revisions, updated 10/27/17

Climate Action Information Session: Renewable Energy 4/27/17

22 students, 1 faculty, and 3 staff showed up.  Anna Scott, Energy Analyst, gave a talk about renewable energy and a tour of Lane’s renewable energy assets.  

Some of the feedback from the session:

  • Making hydrogen from solar to power vehicles.
  • Rooftop gardens on buildings.
  • Improved native landscaping.
  • Rainwater collection in more locations.
  • More locations for geothermal wells – parking lots?
  • Analyzing ability to use land for carbon sequestration – wetlands and forestland.
  • Encourage better use of the DCA for daytime classes – closer to transit.
  • More solar on roofs
  • 3rd party financing for renewable energy projects.
  • Small “sustainability fee” (.50 student per term) to support renewable energy.
    • One student asked how much of our sustainability program is funded through student fees. Why do we pay fees like technology but not sustainability? 

Diversity Council 4/14/17

Key takeaways:

  • Create events targeted to students.
  • Assist with cultural conversations. In some cultures sustainability is not present in the conversation or culture.
  • Equity and impact, such as heath care
  • Work with Opportunity Village – can the college provide “tiny house” support for the community?
  • Urban gardens/gardening – a good way to get people to understand sustainability.
  • Work to align with City and County climate initiatives.
  • Make language accessible to all people: “What is a kilowatt? How can we bring that down to the daily level?”
  • Work with cooperative education to bring peer education.

Learning Council 4/14/17

Key takeaways:

  • What does it mean to infuse sustainability in classes?  Some classes, like Heath Professions, may need support to learn how.
  • There was a strong suggestion to meet with the assessment team:
    • To develop core learning outcomes for sustainability
    • To help faculty learn how to qualify their courses as “sustainability tagged,” for students to find.
    • Graduation Requirement
      • It was suggested to look at the human relations requirement as a path for this.
      • Create a sustainability rubric for staff/students/faculty to consult (just like the human relations requirement).
      • Look to intersect with other plan development: learning plan, diversity plan, long range financial plan, etc.
      • Other ideas:
        • Hold events that celebrate the landscape around Lane.
        • Could there be a beekeeping class or program on campus?
        • Activities for the rainy season – celebrate being “here.”