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Sustainability Focuses on Range of Issues & Disciplines

New Classes in Various Disciplines  
Credit for Getting Involved  
Other Opportunities - Student Projects  
Climate Commitment

North Seattle College does not currently offer a degree or certificate in sustainability; however, the college is actively bringing sustainability themes into the curriculum and has established sustainability as a strategic objective. Through the Sustainability Office, there is an active focus on recycling, local food and energy issues on campus. 

Student involvement is key to the success of sustainability efforts, and North offers many opportunities for students to participate and provide leadership — membership on the campus-wide Sustainability Committee, independent projects and a student-run Sustainability Club. North's sustainability coordinator, Tim Albertson, helps connect students to projects.

New Classes in Various Disciplines

In addition to introductory courses, which include Introduction to Sustainability and Sustainable Business, there are a range of courses in a cross-section of fields — business, real estate, economics, philosophy, math, nutrition, English and biology — where sustainability is either the focus or incorporated into course content. See sustainability courses for a full course list.

Credit for Getting Involved

You can gain credit for community projects through the Introduction to Sustainability class. One of the major themes of the class is that positive change often happens through community involvement. In this class you develop a project that contributes in some way to our community.

Examples of community projects include bringing a P-Patch community garden to the campus, recommendations for green cleaning products for facilities, a survey on student awareness of sustainability issues, recycling education and developing art projects with a sustainability theme.

Other Opportunities for Student Projects

You can also work with North's sustainability coordinator to develop student projects. Some examples of recent or current student-driven projects include organizing a sustainable food fair, campus tree inventory, converting an exercise bike to produce power for the gym, acquiring a water bottle filling station, and developing a phyto-remediation project using North's wetlands in conjunction with the University of Washington.

Climate Commitment

North also signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008. By participating in this program, the College has confirmed its commitment to initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality.

Business Instructor Says Sustainability Is Now Mainstream

James Braden, MEd
Sustainable Business Faculty

James Braden, instructor for the sustainable business course he designed, contends that sustainability is now a mainstream concept and a lifestyle that is necessary to save the planet.

Barndt Teaches from Perspective of Ecological Interconnectedness

Katie Barndt, MS
Sustainability, Environmental Science, Biology Faculty

In the sustainability introductory course, Katie Barndt helps students re-envision the future and find sustainability issues throughout their everyday lives — all based in an awareness of ecological interconnectedness.

Sustainability Department

Tim Albertson

Math & Science Division

IB 2429
Division Contacts
(206) 934-3746
(206) 934-3748 (fax)
Mailing Address
NSC Math & Science Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Alissa Agnello

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