North Lake College

This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

North Lake College's Climate Action Contribution

About North Lake College's Climate Efforts

North Lake College has a goal to become Carbon Neutral by 2050 and recently completed a new Master Plan with more aggressive energy efficiency standards, renewable energy goals and emission reduction targets. The sustainability vision statement for North Lake College is to serve as a leader in a network of individuals and organizations for economic, environmental and societal sustainability. Working with community partners, we continually enhance and develop our curriculum, policies and workforce initiatives t meet challenges of our future together. In 2015, North Lake College President Dr. Christa Slejko signed the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitment for Community Resilience and Carbon Reduction, continuing the college's former Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) from 2007. In 2017, Dr. Slejko pledged the college to join the We Are Still In coalition, to continue local and global efforts of the Paris Climate Commitment. Also in 2017, North Lake College Sustainability Coordinator Brandon Morton began working with a National Working Group of 40 colleges and universities led by Second Nature to create a Resilience Assessment Framework. In 2018, Mr. Morton is co-leading a Smart Communities Initiative with the Bi-National Sustainability Laboratory to promote workability and livability with resiliency and sustainability. In 2019, North Lake College will open a new Construction Technology Building that will be LEED and WELL certified and meet the growing construction workforce needs of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. North Lake College believes that sustainability is good business practice. The right investments now will generate eco-efficiencies and drive future resource preservation. Our sustainable practices are an ever-higher priority, a foundational part of campus culture designed to foster growing awareness of environmental responsibility.

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions North Lake College Is Taking:


Commit to Responsible Engagement in Climate Policy

While individual organization action is necessary, local and federal government action is also needed to reach global climate goals. Your organization can have a critical voice in advancing public policy. A commitment to responsible engagement in climate policy means that your organization commits to supporting public policy to: promote energy efficiency and renewable energy; increase investment in a clean energy economy; support climate change adaptation, or put a price on carbon.


Commit to Reducing the Climate Impact of Your Transportation

Organizations making a commitment to reduce the climate impact of transportation should consider practices such as measuring transportation greenhouse gas emissions and setting reduction targets, switching fuels, optimizing the efficiency of shipping operations, and reducing transit- and travel-related greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses can develop a green transportation action plan to map the movement of goods to market and identify opportunities to increase efficiency. Organizations can buy hybrid and electric vehicles within their own fleet, and can reduce the footprint of their workforce through incentivizing public transportation, installing EV charging stations, promoting telework, and locating near transit centers.


Commit to Increase Your Use of Renewable Power

Increasing your percentage of renewable energy sources is a key component of reducing overall GHG emissions. Installing onsite renewable generation, like solar panels, is a good long-term strategy if possible. But renewable energy can also be procured through Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs), and in some locations from retail electricity providers or local utilities that offers a high percentage of renewable power. Also consider becoming an EPA Green Power Partner.


Commit to Managing Campus Landholdings as a Carbon Sink

Using proper verification protocols, campuses can use landholdings to sequester carbon. In the cases of large university landholders, this can provide significant “negative carbon emissions” if properly managed. This strategy could be cross-sectorally combined with a public land protection strategy.


Commit to Completing a Resilience Assessment in Partnership with your Community

The Resilience Assessment is a key process to understand current strengths and vulnerabilities of the campus and community. This should be completed through research, in person forums, or other processes to engage your stakeholders in this assessment.


Revise your Institution’s Climate Action Plan to Align with Other Sectors’ Climate Goals

Many campus climate action plans have not been updated in nearly a decade and much in the world has changed since they were first created. Build off of existing examples of climate action plans within the private sector, and/or look at local, city, state, regional, or international examples to allign or exceed your climate goals with new updates. These revisions could also be done in conjunction with a cross-sector forum.


Commit to Designing and Hosting a Cross-Sectoral Forum at your Institution

Commit to holding a public campus and community forum or workshop on shared climate action plan goal setting and/or resilience assessments. These forums will compare baseline targets and align the strengths of the respective sectors to drive solutions. This is awarded as a Mark of Distinction for Second Nature Commitment Signatories.

Examples: University Climate Change Coalition; Community Resilience Building


Take Actions That Lead to Climate Leadership Network Marks of Distinction

The Marks of Distinction recognize performance among a select group of higher education institutions. For campuses that are part of the Climate Leadership Network, performing exemplary activities that illustrate climate leadership is crucial to inspire new climate action with your students, alumni, and community.

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Sign one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments

President’s Climate Leadership Commitments are signed by Higher Education presidents and chancellors. They can sign either the Carbon or the Resilience Commitment, or the integrated Climate Commitment. The commitments require strong leadership to create a implementation structures on campuses, complete GHG inventories, develop climate action plans and consistently report on progress.

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Current Climate Actions Report

Areas For Collaboration

We are interested in collaborating on the following:

Efficient Buildings
  • Encouraging more aggressive state energy efficiency policies

Electric Vehicles
  • Promoting increased charging infrastructure

HFC Phase Down
  • Promoting greater participation in voluntary programs to phase out HFCs

Natural Lands
  • Developing in measurement and monitoring systems to target efforts and track progress
  • Encouraging states to adopt incentive programs for forest management, tree cover expansion, and soil health
  • Promoting science-based targets for GHG emissions and removals in agricultural supply chains

Utility Sector
  • Aggregating demand for renewable energy with other actors

Organization details

Higher Education Institution
Irving, TX