Whereas, sustainable development is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Bundtland Commission, 1987);
Whereas, higher education associations such as the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) are convening, catalyzing and communicating among sectors of society to engage community colleges in sustainability;
Whereas, the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to support sustainable development;
Whereas, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a leading organization representing community colleges and is well positioned to support higher education in promoting sustainable development;
Whereas, the AACC Board of Directors recognizes the unique role of community colleges in bringing awareness, education, and training resources to foster and expand sustainable development.
Be it resolved that the AACC and its member institutions will collaborate with HEASC, AASHE, and other higher education organizations to promote education for sustainable development among AACC member institutions and affiliated councils, and
Be it further resolved that AACC take a leadership role in promoting sustainable practices among its member institutions and assisting them in providing the educational infrastructure for sustainable development.
Approved by the AACC Board of Directors, November 15, 2007