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Focus Points


Education

  • The purpose of the Education committee is to brainstorm ideas related to injecting sustainability into El Centro’s Curriculum at every level. This includes ways of encouraging and empowering students to make sustainable decisions in their everyday life. Additionally this may include the development of promotional materials and handouts for students, faculty and staff. This may include developing educational material for local school districts as well. The Educational committee will be responsible for identifying short term goals as they relate to curriculum and influencing general sustainable behavior.

Environment

  • The purpose of the Environment committee is to brainstorm ideas and programs that can be started at El Centro. They are to be focused on protecting and preserving the environment. This may include creating programs that promote environmentally sustainable habits, such as recycling. It could also explore ideas that change the impact the El Centro community has on the environment. A priority will be to establish long term and short term goals that create sustainable practices.

Economic

  • This Committee’s main focus is on the economical aspect of sustainability. The purpose of the Economic Committee is to uncover the economic savings that are gained when the college makes sustainable decisions. This may include educating students and faculty on the economic benefits of sustainable behavior. It can be both on an organizational or a personal level. This committee will examine these consequences and develop ideas to save El Centro money bases on sustainable behavior. The committee may also be asked to advise other committees when their expertise is requested. The committee will be responsible for identifying short term goals as they relate to positive economic gains and influencing general sustainable behavior based on understanding the impact sustainable choices have on the bottom line.

Engagement

  • The purpose of the Engagement committee is to focus on ideas of how El Centro can reach out to the community as a whole. This would include the formation of long and short term goals that pertain to community outreach, behavior and training. This would also allow El Centro to be seen as a model for other organizations. This might examine the question of, how can El Centro benefit the whole community by enacting sustainable solutions to their current responsibilities?

In The News

El Centro College finds lofty home for wind farm in downtown Dallas


By John Lugo, Dallasnews.com

The first wind farm in Dallas County spins atop a historic building at El Centro College in downtown Dallas.

The community college fired up the farm last month to mark Earth Day, and now 80 turbines are generating enough electricity to power 2,000 computers.

The wind farm was proposed by David Browning, the school’s vice president for business affairs. He said that when he began working there in 2008, he was struck by how windy it was around campus.

“Every time I walked outside, I would get hit by wind,” Browning said. “We actually got statistics showing how much our average speed is, which comes to 20 to 25 mph.”

In the next six years, El Centro tested many prototypes before settling on turbines and a supporting metal grid from Hydro-Star Energy. The total cost was $240,000.

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