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Sustainability at Tulsa Community College

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We hope this Sustainability Guide will help you better understand the complex nature of sustainability as an overarching concept, and help you to envision your role, too, in helping to assure a sustainable present and future for all. - The TCC Sustainability Committee

Continue Earth Week @ TCC

TCC Earth Month- Calendar of Events

April is “Earth Month” at TCC and there are multiple events and opportunities focused on environmental- or social-sustainability-related issues, needs, and realities. All events are hosted (individually or collaboratively) by various TCC entities or partners. 

TCC Courses with A Sustainability Component

Picture of students in a botany class learning at the community garden

Students at West Campus visit the community garden during their Botany class.

Picture of students helping with the waste audit at Southeast Campus

Students in a sustainability-themed Comp II class help out with a waste audit at the Southeast Campus.

Campus Initiatives

TCC's 2022-2024 Common Book Program features Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.

                                                                                       Braiding Sweetgrass cover

TCC's Caring Campus Initiative 

Caring Campus is based on decades of research documenting that students who feel connected to their college are more likely to complete and succeed in their courses, persist from semester to semester, and achieve their educational goals.

Sustainability and TCC

Community Is Our Middle Name — We build community, inside and out, through collaboration, service, sustainability, and social and financial responsibility.

Sustainability Defined

What is sustainability? We generally think of sustainability in an environmental context, or sometimes in economic terms. But clean air and water, a livable climate, and a healthy standard of living are not the only endangered elements in our social order that we want to sustain. The broader list includes:

  • Community 
  • Psychological Health
  • Meaningful Work
  • Intellectual Openness
  • Popular Empowerment
  • A Sense of Heritage and History
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Art and Music

These things are often interrelated. Poor economic policy inevitably damages land use, for example, and energy-efficient buildings only go so far in a war zone. Sometimes sustainable goals come into conflict, as when green redevelopment inadvertently jeopardizes historical preservation or catalyzes cultural, racial, or social conflict.

“We hope this Sustainability Guide will help you better understand the complex nature of sustainability as an overarching concept, and help you to envision your role, too, in helping to assure a sustainable present and future for all.” - The TCC Sustainability Committee

Campus Initiatives

flyer showing Sustainability Showcase will be April 23, from 11am - 1pm, on the skybridge at Southeast campus

TCC Sustainability Showcase - April 23

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - SE Campus Y/Skybridge

Join us on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 2024 Sustainability Showcase at the Southeast Campus Chatroom

The 2024 Sustainable Showcase is an event meant to bring students, employers, non-profits, and faculty together to talk about sustainable ideas that align with the United Nations's 17 Sustainable Goals. Each of these 17 goals was developed by the U.N. in 2015 to help make the world a better place to live by advancing basic living standards and addressing a range of global issues, including gender inequality, climate change, and a lack of universal, quality education.

This event is aimed to help everyone make connections and get inspired! We want everyone to think about how the actions we do every day can make a real difference in people's lives. Lunch and refreshments will be provided!

To increase the sustainability initiative promoted at this event, the prizes for this event will be FOUR Reusable Rocketbooks that each include a beautiful portfolio cover and an accessory pack! The giveaways will happen starting at 12:45, then at 12:50, and then the final Rocketbook will be given away at 12:55! Just enough time to get back to class! 

Let's chat, eat, get inspired, and see how we can change the world together!

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