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Sustainability at MCC


Sustainability is the ability to meet the social, environmental, and financial/economic needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This includes using resources responsibility and understanding that environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality are interconnected and require a systems approach.

MCC's approach to sustainability is three-pronged; sustainability touches our classrooms, our campuses, and the community.


AAHSE STARS is an international program that provides sustainability ratings for higher education institutions. MCC completed its third submission of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) reporting process in 2021 and earned a STARS Bronze rating.

STARS is an all-encompassing rating system reviewing academics, operations, and planning and administration. We are xcited to have earned a bronze rating, but know we can do better!

Sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system bronze seal Sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system participant seal

Learn more about AASHE here.

Sustainability Goals

In 2021 MCC developed a sustainability master plan through a series of interactive decision making workshops. The plan resulted in the following five-year goals for the College. Many of the metrics in the document follow the AASHE STARS guidance. View MCC's current STARS report and the credits here. Below is a copy of MCCs Sustainability Master Plan and a high-level overview the of the categories and goals. Click on each category name to learn more.

Category Baseline 2026 Goal
Academics 8% of credit classes contain sustainability 
27% of STARS Academic credits
30% of credit classes contain sustainability 
50% of STARS Academic credits
Campus Engagement 37% of STARS Campus Engagement Credits 65% of STARS Campus Engagement credits
Diversity & Equity 57% of STARS Diversity & Equity credits 80% of STARS Diversity & Equity credits
Energy Efficiency & Greenhouse Gases 101.5 weather-normalized kBtu/sq.ft.
17,814 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e)
85 weather-normalized kBtu/sq.ft.
20% reduction
Grounds .003% STARS Grounds credits 33% of STARS Grounds credits
Transportation Unable to get a baseline due to COVID-19 Will revist when MCC is at its new normal
Waste & Recycling 12% annual diversion rate 30% annual diversion rate

Annual Reports

Our Sustainability Annual Report illustrates our sustainability activities in 2021 and prior years.

Sustainability Annual Report 2021

Report Archives

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