Mt. Sierra College

​Green Campus

MTSC large and unique pool of talented researchers, students, and staff are engaged in a diverse set of sustainability-related activities. What follows are only some of the major environmentally-minded initiatives spearheaded by various groups in the MTSC community.

MTSC Sustainability Office

MTSC Sustainability Office advances the university's green initiatives, identifies and implements new opportunities for working closely with the MTSC community on such initiatives, and creates a greater degree of awareness about environmental issues within the university.

Climate Action Plan

In 2010, Principal Woolf signed the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for America. This pledge commits the university to engaging in several activities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhancing research and curriculum in the areas of climate change and sustainability. It also requires developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan.

Since January 2012, MTSC has been working in partnership with the consulting firm Delphi Group to develop a CAP for MTSC. Our CAP will include a summary of the current campus greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory; GHG emission projections; operations climate action goals and strategies to reduce emissions; and mechanisms to track progress on goals and actions.

A 22-member internal advisory committee has also been established to collaboratively work on the evaluation, planning, development, and implementation of the plan.

Climate Coalition

In February 2019, Mt. Sierra joined theUniversity Climate Change Coalition (UC3), a group of 19 leading North American research institutions united in a collaborative effort to accelerate local action against climate change. Learn more about the UC3...

Food Sustainability

Mt. Sierra is ranked third among universities for serving locally-grown foods on campus according to the 2018 Campus Food Report Card.  In 2017, Mt. Sierra Hospitality Services purchased over $1.2 million worth of local products, including a variety of in-season produce from over 27 farms. During the 2017/18 school year, a total of 1 million free-range eggs and 75,000 pounds of potatoes were served.

Student Initiatives

MTSC students are responsible for many of the environmental projects and practices on campus and around the world, such as:

  • Earth Centre: The Earth Centre offers students, faculty, and community members an opportunity to transform their environmental concern into positive action through green consumerism and innovative discussion.

  • Greenovations: A student-run AMS service that provides free energy retrofits to student housing.

  • MTSC Project on International Development : A student-run organization — operating out of the MTSC Engineering Society since 1990 — that hosts a variety of initiatives on campus, in California, in America, and internationally, including community development projects in Guyana, Ghana, Nunavut, Bolivia, Peru, India, and Nicaragua.

  • The Tea Room: 100% consumer-waste free since 2011, meaning all of the products customers use can be recycled or composted.

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Live Building

Located in Beamish-Munro Hall, MTSC Live Building is a living lab, where the Integrated Learning Centre's mechanical, electrical, and structural systems are monitored in real-time and left open to view, to show how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design. It also supports a weather station!

Learn more about the Live Building…

Campus Practices

MTSC Sustainability Office has more information on how MTSC manages issues around air quality, water use, lighting and energy consumption, waste diversion, and new construction.

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Sustainability Map

Created by the Sustainability Office, the Sustainability Map shows the locations for battery recycling, composting, green roofs, bike racks, and other environmental services and infrastructure. More information…