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Hello Campus Community,

The Sustainability Committee is hosting the Annual Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 17th. Activities begin at 9:00am with an invasive species talk by Grays Harbor Noxious Weed Coordinator Nancy Ness in Room 316. Starting at 10:00am in the HUB and Fireside Room we will have an Earth Day Fair, featuring information booths from local organizations, a free clothing exchange hosted by GHAB, and then at Noon a free showing of the film “Dive” in the Choker Dining Room. From Noon-2:00pm, there will be an invasive species removal on campus trails led by Todd Bates’ forestry students. Tools and gloves will be provided for people participating in the invasive species removal. Also, as part of the free clothing exchange we are requesting clothing donations. If you have any used clothes you’d like to donate please feel free to drop them off at my office in Room 318A this week and into next week too. I’ve attached a flyer above with more information on this event. I hope that you all can attend this wonderful event and encourage your students to attend as well. Let’s celebrate Earth Day!!!!

Thank you,



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Institutional Footprint Project

The Institutional Footprint Project is meant to serve as a starting point to more formally pursue sustainability at Grays Harbor College by informing and educating the college and community of where GHC is currently at and a vision for the future. Please use this report to muster momentum, recognize and celebrate what has been done and move forward to higher levels of sustainability.

The Institutional Footprint Project consists of an explanation of sustainability and its benefits, research into the sustainability formats of other institutions of higher learning, information on previous and on-going sustainability efforts at GHC, and various approaches to brainstorming about innovative recommendations for future strategies, planning and implementation that coincide with the unique circumstances of the college during a time of economic woe.

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Sustainability Action Plan

Intro:  This Sustainability Action plan is designed to be a supplement to the Grays Harbor College Institutional Footprint Project.  The Grays Harbor College Institutional Footprint Project provides background information on sustainability efforts at Grays Harbor College and further information on action items to be taken to further sustainability efforts at Grays Harbor College.  In light of the current state of the budget, action items are designed to be low cost and reasonably simple to implement.  Below is a simple step by step list of action items to further the sustainability efforts at Grays Harbor College.

1)      Add official representation from the following departments to the sustainability committee: administration, all academic departments (including students and faculty), all technical/trade programs.

2)      Create a mission statement for the sustainability committee including goals, objectives, and procedures.  The mission statement should also include coordination of and planning of initiatives, projects, networking; monitoring of the college’s progress in achieving its goals; delegation of responsibilities.

3)      Make an effort to initiate community partnerships.  Plan events and invite participation with partners to engage and lead the local community towards sustainability.

4)      Draw on committee and volunteer support to administer the sustainability action plan.

5)      Delegate the responsibility to individual departments of tracking their own sustainability efforts, rather than giving this responsibility to someone outside the department.

6)      Develop service-learning programs and work-study positions (curricular and co-curricular) that utilize and engage students while also providing valuable experience.  These positions will compile data from different departments on campus wide sustainability efforts.

7)      Investigate the Cool School Challenge ( for possible implementation at Grays Harbor College.

8)      Include aspects of sustainability education in all classes offered at Grays Harbor College and investigate including a sustainability seminar offering for students at Grays Harbor College.

9)      Regularly measure and track progress toward sustainability goals.  Meet and update goals and targets on an at least yearly basis.  Gather baseline data related to social and environmental performance and use this information to identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement.  Compare performance to goals and targets and track changes in performance over time.  (Many baseline figures have already been gathered in the Grays Harbor College Institutional Footprint Project, they just need to be put together in a comprehensive way in order to successfully track progress.)


Educating the campus community during the process of implementing this Sustainability Action Plan is essential to success in sustainability efforts at Grays Harbor College.  Without “Buy-in” from the campus community, campus sustainability efforts will not succeed.   This Action Plan is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather it is intended to guide the process of moving sustainability to the forefront of college proceedings.  The mission statement decided upon by the Sustainability Committee will truly guide the sustainability efforts at Grays Harbor College.