Climate Action Plan 2.0 Conversation Kit
Climate Action Plan 2.0 Announcements and Updates
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
- 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
- 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.”