What is "sustainability"?

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of sustainability is: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.

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Sustainable Craven is designed to bring awareness to the efforts of Craven Community College students, faculty and staff to increase campus sustainability.

Sustainability Committee Mission and Vision Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sustainability Committee is to inspire stakeholders to make meaningful personal commitments that collectively will have an impact in reducing the ecological footprint of the CCC community. This mission is accomplished through initiating sustainable practices and hosting events for the College community. The committee is also charged with formulating a sustainability plan for the institution.

Vision Statement

By 2015, Craven Community College will be recognized for its commitment to sustainability, Green-focused practices, education and training, strategic partnerships and community engagement.

Purpose of the Sustainability Plan

This plan defines the strategic and operational direction, goals, and objectives for sustainability over the next three years. The Sustainability Plan provides a common vision for the future sustainability efforts at Craven Community College, which is focused on enriching the learning experience for students and improving the college’s business processes and goals for “going green”. This plan has been prepared with input from the Sustainability Committeeand members of the college community.

Code Green Super - Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP)

Beginning in the Fall of 2010, Craven Community College will be one of 54 community colleges in North Carolina participating in the "Code Green Super CIP." This is a two-year project involving both continuing education and curriculum to:

  1. Prepare students to enter the Green Workforce
  2. Allow colleges more flexibility to meet workforce demand
  3. Promote NC as a leader in the Green Economy

Craven Community College will be participating in areas of Environment, Energy, Transportation, and Building.

Select Code Green Information from NCBioNetwork to learn more about the initiative.


AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Our mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.

Select the AASHE logo to visit their website and learn more about how AASHE is working with colleges and universities to create a sustainable future.


Select recycling for more information on the campus-wide program.


Review our tips you can accomplish to do your part for the healthier environment beyond recycling.

Select http://www.energysavers.gov/ to view the US Department of Energy's information on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.