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What is sustainability?

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

This widely accepted definition is from Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director General of the World Health Organization, in a 1987 report "Our Common Future" from the World Commission on our Environment and Development.

What can you do to help Valencia embrace and expand on its sustainability efforts?

We have accomplished a lot in recent years, but none of it would be possible without contributors and volunteers like yourself. The benefits to future generations depend upon the contribution of current generations.

Join the college-wide Sustainability Committee. Meetings are held the the third Friday of each month from 10-11am at rotating campuses.

The committee’s mission is to establish a college-wide community that functions sustainably now and in future generations, uses economic and environmental resources efficiently, and educates students, faculty, and staff in a way that fosters social justice in partnership with stakeholders in the wider community.”

STARS Silver

Valencia College is proud to have achieved the STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in October 2012. We are among 15 two-year colleges around the country to have achieved this rating, with only one having achieved STARS Gold.

STARS Silver

Download our flyer on Top 10 Things Valencia College Does for Sustainability and Top 10 Things You Can Do


or pick up a printed copy in the Student Development office

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Valencia's Sustainability Partner Organizations




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