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Sustainable Communities Institute

Cedar Valley College is home to the Sustainable Communities Institute (SCI), which exists to increase sustainability awareness and practice at CVC and nearby communities. The SCI focuses on the following:

  • Promote and provide information on sustainability to the college, its employees and students, and the public.
  • Designing and facilitateing programs and events that improve sustainability at CVC and the southern Dallas and northern Ellis County region.
  • Providing research opportunities for current and future methods and techniques for sustainable economic development solutions for the region.

CVC's sustainability highlights include:

  • Monthly Sustainability Awareness Events, conferences/summits/rountables and meeetings that serve 800 - 1000 community participants annually.
  • The promotion of an outdoor environmental learning area for students and the community that includes the Butterfly and Edible Garden,
  • In 2016 CVC won two national Sustainability Awards (AASHE & AACC- Green Genome)
  • Tours of the Gold LEED Certified building.
  • Green Leaf instruction: 8,000+ students participated in Green courses; 400+ students graduated with Green Cord recognition since 2014.
  • Living Lab Programs incorporated into coursework where students construct modern "hands on" solutions for longstanding problems.
  • Beautification of open spaces to demonstrate sustainability concepts.  

Learn more about the many ways that Cedar Valley models sustainability in our community.

Contact Maria v. Boccalandro, Sustainable Communities Director
mboccalandro@dcccd.edu
972-860-5204

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CVC SCI Partners

 

Best Southwest (BSW) Partnership - http://www.bestsouthwest.org/

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The Best Southwest Partnership promotes economic, legislative, and educational wellbeing while improving the quality of life and promoting economic development for the communities of Southwest Dallas and Northern Ellis Counties. BSW serves Balch Springs, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Ferris, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Midlothian, Ovilla, Red Oak, and Wilmer.

 

Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC)http://www.gdpc.org/

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The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC) emphasis is on regional growth. The GDPC is comprised of a group of successful professionals from architect design firms, planning consultants, construction and engineering firms, developers, real estate industry leaders, community and civic organizations, corporations and municipal entities. The GDPC works to identify, research, analyze and evaluate public policy issues that impact sustainability in the North Texas region as well as the state of Texas.

 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) - http://www.dfwinfo.com/

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The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association that assists local governments in planning for everyday needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for regional development. The NCTCOG helps a 16-county region centered in the Dallas and Fort Worth area to help strengthen local governments, to identify regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions.


Air North Texas - http://www.airnorthtexas.org
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Air North Texas partnership, formed by NCTCOG, offers North Texans the resources available for improving air quality and reduce poor air quality problems in our region.