The Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations

The Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations is a practical resoImage of report coverurce for sustainability education and operations at America’s two-year colleges. These reports are intended for community college faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners.

This iterative handbook provides examples of real sustainability strategies and initiatives across specific topics that have been implemented at community colleges across the United States. The intent is to provide straightforward information and ideas that can be directly replicated or customized by any college employee at their institution, and to invite campuses to submit their own case studies and participate in a dialogue about effective practices. 

Completed chapters can be accessed below. If you would like a PDF of the full handbook, please contact  


Completed Chapters



2020 Edition Introduction: Community Colleges Responding to the Climate Crisis 
Krista Hiser, Editor; GCSE Senior Fellow for Community Colleges

Campus as Living Learning Lab: Best Practices in Applied Sustainability Learning on Campus 
(2019, updated 2020)

Lead Author: Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Cedar Valley College, TX

Contributing Authors: Brandon Morton, North Lake College, TX; Jerry Owens and Sonia Ford, Richland College, TX

Workforce and Business Education for Sustainability at Community Colleges
Lead Author: Chris G. Beehner, Seminole State College of Florida, FL

Sustainability and Campus Operations: Being a Model for the Community

Lead Author: Stephen Summers, Seminole State College of Florida, FL

Sustainability Curriculum: Three Models for Transformation

Lead Author: Nancy Lee Wood, Bristol Community College, MA

Contributing Authors: Jon Bjornson, James Corven, and Robert Rak, Bristol Community College, MA

Building an Ecosystem of Effective Institutional Partnerships 

Lead Author: J. Keith Baker, North Lake College, TX

Contributing Author: Robert Rak, Bristol Community College, MA

Assessing Sustainability: Everything Matters
Francisco Acoba and Robert Franco, Kapi‘olani Community College, HI
Professional Development of Faculty for Sustainability Across the


Lead Author: Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College, IL

Contributing Author: Steve Brown, Cedar Valley Community College, TX

What’s Unique about Community Colleges and Sustainability?

Resham Shirsat, Valencia College, FL

Krista Hiser, Kapi’olani Community College, HI


Forthcoming Chapters

  • Urban Food Systems at Community Colleges

  • Sustainability Administration Models for Community Colleges