Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It requires our collective attention to explore actions and solutions that avoid the most catastrophic of modeled scenarios.

The California Community Colleges’ work in climate action, currently outlined in Vision 2030, is informed by the strategic framework of the Governor’s Roadmap (2021). The climate action work outlined in the Vision 2030 framework advances community college engagement with the four fields of climate practice: facilities and operations, workforce and curriculum community engagements and benefits, and resource development.

The Board of Governors has been a bold proponent of climate action, energy conservation, and other sustainability measures and has established policies since 2013. Since that time, the Chancellor’s Office has continued to make policy adjustments and in 2019 the Board adopted the Climate Change and Sustainability Policy. The 2019 policy laid a strong foundation for community college districts to align and guide their local-level work. Most recently, in 2021, the Chancellor’s Office revised the climate change and sustainability policy to reflect the needs of colleges and the perspectives of a diverse set of stakeholders. Guided by the Climate Action and Sustainability Steering Committee, the Chancellor’s Office created a new framework, the Climate Action and Sustainability Framework. The updated framework established systemwide goals and targets and integrated a comprehensive approach to leverage both colleges’ physical and social impact footprint.

Grant Opportunities

The Energy Resource and Sustainability Partnership (ERSP) is dedicated to promoting energy efficiency and sustainability in the California Community College system. Through this partnership, the Chancellor’s Office provides funding and training opportunities for California Community Colleges. Get resources and information on the ERSP Program and Funding website.