CCA Celebrates Earth Day with Renewed Committment to Sustainability

Textile students grow plants in the CCA Community Garden for organic dyeingView slideshow 

For the third year in a row, California College of the Arts has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The free guide is the only comprehensive, annually updated guide its kind.

CCA and The Princeton Review

Read the following excerpt of what the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges published about CCA

To begin with, the campus is home to the largest solar-heated facility in San Francisco. CCA architecture students have the opportunity to take "Energy Analysis," which invites students to audit the energy output of twenty-five facilities throughout San Francisco and Oakland. CCA's Materials Resource Center houses a wide-ranging collection of eco-friendly materials, and students in the Textiles Program are creating a crop garden of traditional dye and fiber plants.

The college has also joined good company in signing ACUPCC. The college also excels when it comes to the more traditional green measures: 50 percent of food expenditures are on local or organic produce; 70 percent of appliances on campus are Energy-Star rated; and 40 percent of buildings are currently seeking LEED certification. Still not impressed? Consider this: The college boasts a whopping 70 percent waste-diversion rate and 100 percent of the campus grounds are maintained organically.

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Sustainability Across the College

President Stephen Beal has said, "At CCA we value sustainability and believe that as a school of the arts we have a unique ability and an ethical responsibility to shape a culture that is more environmentally responsible."

The college is dedicated to fostering in its students a desire to create with sustainable resources and practices in mind. To that end, the values and practices of sustainability are embedded throughout the curricula across the college.

To learn more about CCA's leadership role in sustainability, see Sustainability at CCA for an overview of the college's many commitments to sustainability:

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Earth Day Activities

Every day is earth day at CCA, but some special activities are planned for the international Earth Day celebration on April 22. All month students have been participating in a "stuff swap" on both campuses, with "unswapped" clothing, art supplies, and household items going to Goodwill at the end of the month.

A green commute giveaway will reward students who can show their bus or train pass, Clipper card, or bike helmet at the Student Affairs Office on either campus.

In addition, many of this semester's courses in sustainability in architecture, design, fine arts, humanities and sciences, and interdisciplinary studies will be wrapping up their coursework with critiques and events.