Sustainability Focuses on Range of Issues & Disciplines
North Seattle College does not currently offer a degree or certificate in sustainability; however, the college is actively bringing sustainability themes into the curriculum and has established sustainability as a strategic objective. Through the Sustainability Office, there is an active focus on recycling, local food and energy issues on campus.
Student involvement is key to the success of sustainability efforts, and North offers many opportunities for students to participate and provide leadership — membership on the campus-wide Sustainability Committee, independent projects and a student-run Sustainability Club. North's sustainability coordinator, Tim Albertson, helps connect students to projects.
In addition to introductory courses, which include Introduction to Sustainability and Sustainable Business, there are a range of courses in a cross-section of fields — business, real estate, economics, philosophy, math, nutrition, English and biology — where sustainability is either the focus or incorporated into course content. See sustainability courses for a full course list.
You can gain credit for community projects through the Introduction to Sustainability class. One of the major themes of the class is that positive change often happens through community involvement. In this class you develop a project that contributes in some way to our community.
Examples of community projects include bringing a P-Patch community garden to the campus, recommendations for green cleaning products for facilities, a survey on student awareness of sustainability issues, recycling education and developing art projects with a sustainability theme.
You can also work with North's sustainability coordinator to develop student projects. Some examples of recent or current student-driven projects include organizing a sustainable food fair, campus tree inventory, converting an exercise bike to produce power for the gym, acquiring a water bottle filling station, and developing a phyto-remediation project using North's wetlands in conjunction with the University of Washington.
North also signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008. By participating in this program, the College has confirmed its commitment to initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality.