Environmental, sustainable energy sources

Office of Energy & Sustainability

Get involved in Sustainability at ACC and enjoy the perks – free public transportation, convenient parking, cold filtered drinking water, a clean environment, and more.

SustainableACC Orientation

ACC is committed to becoming a leader in sustainability. That means using less energy and fewer resources while minimizing waste. ACC’s Office of Energy & Sustainability hosts sustainable initiatives designed to shrink the college’s ecological footprint and increase environmental awareness. Austin Community College District has set the goal of becoming a Zero Waste by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050 while continuing to meet the demand for ACC programs and services.

In 2009, the ACC Board of Trustees created a blueprint for implementing sustainability reforms collegewide through the Sustainable Practices Board Policy and the Sustainable Construction and College Operations Guidelines/Procedures. That same year, ACC joined the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC, now Carbon Commitment). By signing the pledge, ACC agreed to take actions to move the college toward climate neutrality. The ACC Climate Action Plan is a key step in that goal. 

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Our Team

  • Andy Kim, Energy & Sustainability Director
  • Joe Costa, Energy Conservation Manager
  • Amber Orr, Sustainability Manager
  • Lauren Summerlin, Sustainability Steward – Communications & Design
  • Rusty Tolliver, Sustainability Steward – Resource Recovery & Recycling
  • Thomas Adkins, Sustainability Steward – Energy & Water Analytics

Contact Us 

Email us at green@austincc.edu.

Sustainability Dashboard

ACC’s Sustainability Dashboard displays electricity usage, solar energy production, water and gas consumption, and sustainability announcements across the district in real-time.

Sustainability Fee

At ACC, we don’t just talk about going green – we are making it happen! ACC’s sustainability fee funds our energy and sustainability efforts.

How much is the fee?

The fee is $1 per semester credit hour, with the average student paying $8 a semester.

How does ACC use the fee?

From recycling to Green Car parking, ACC is taking steps to help make carbon neutrality a reality.

How much will the sustainability fee raise?

ACC estimates the sustainability fee will generate $750,000 a year.

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