Green+ in Focus
SCC Earth Day
Children learned crane folding at the recent SCC Earth Day Celebration from SCC communications instructor, Roberta Golliher. The children also took home environmental literature educating them about the cranes and their need for wetland habitat.
Green tips

Did you know?

You can save money on gas by following 10 simple things that improve the efficiency of your automobile. 
1. Replace the air filter on your vehicle and improve gas mileage up to 10 percent.
2. Align the tires on your vehicle and save both tires and gas, improving gas mileage up to 10 percent.
3. Tune up the engine, potentially improving mileage by up to 4 percent.
4. Ensure tires are properly inflated. The average under-inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a loss of 2.8 percent in fuel efficiency.
5. Put the gas cap back after refueling, saving at least 1 cent per gallon and reducing smog-causing toxic compounds into the air.
6. Slow down! For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7 percent.
7. Drive more smoothly and reduce fuel bills by one-third.
8. Stop riding with your foot on the brake pedal. Riding the brakes can increase gas consumption by as much as 35 percent.
9. Reduce excess weight in the car. For every 100 extra pounds carried around, your vehicle loses 1 to 2 percent in fuel efficiency.
10. Turn the vehicle off if stopped for 30 seconds or more and don't start the car to warm up before driving, saving at least 1 cent per gallon for ever three minutes idling is avoided.

The KCTCS Green+ Sustainability Initiative

Consistent with the KCTCS Vision to be the nation’s premier community and technical college system, KCTCS is becoming a leader in practices, educational and workforce training opportunities, and community leadership related to sustainable development or sustainability. The most commonly accepted definition of sustainable development is found in the 1987 United Nations’ Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the "Brundtland Report"): 

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainability is more than “being green.” Multifaceted, sustainability touches every area of a college. Facilitating cultural change to enhance the well-being of people, sustainability includes improving efficiencies and effectiveness in a socially equitable manner. Implementing sustainable practices demonstrates responsible stewardship of social, economic, and environmental resources. KCTCS sustainability focus is on being “Green+”.