HELPING TO BUILD A GREEN FUTURE FOR SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Cosumnes River College takes pride in its commitment to developing innovative programs and initiatives that are greening the college campus and the curriculum for student learning. Several new initiatives have been developed at CRC to build faculty, staff and student awareness of ways we can all help to sustain our planet. CRC is encouraging its campus and the community to take small individual steps to help eliminate pollution, reduce global warming, and conserve dwindling natural resources through its GreenForce Initiatives.
A.S.—Construction, Building Performance and Energy Assessment (Pending State Approval)
A.S.—Environmental Studies and Sustainability
A.S.—Sustainable Landscape and Irrigation Systems Design
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY
- Building Performance and Energy Assessment
Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction
Sustainable Irrigation and Water Management Technology
New Degree and Certificate Programs To Be Developed: Projected Availability is 2012-13
Building Information Management (BIM) (In the Architectural Design Technology Program)
GreenForce Courses Currently Available
Although new certificates are still being developed, many of the courses that will be required are currently available. Please see the following program sections of this Catalog to view the courses and their descriptions and check the Class Schedule for their availability.
- Architecture Program
- Architectural Design Technology Program
- Construction Program
- Horticulture Program
OTHER GREEN INITIATIVES AT CRC
Sustainability as Part of the CRC Mission: Work of the CRC Sustainability Committee. CRC takes pride in the values it has chosen as part of its Vision, Mission and Values Statement. Among the value placed upon continuous learning and assessment, exceptional student services, and innovation, is the value of sustaining a collegial and environmentally responsible academic setting. In Fall 2008, a group of faculty formed a Sustainability Committee to focus efforts on reducing our campus environmental footprint. The committee’s membership includes 17 faculty members (from 11 different disciplines), two classified staff members, and five students. More information about the Sustainability Committee and its newsletter for tips on reducing your carbon footprint are available at: www.crc.losrios.edu/GreenScene
Career Pathways for Area Middle School Students to Green Jobs Cosumnes River and its sister college, Sacramento City applied for and were awarded a State of California SB 70 grant to create career pathways for middle school students in the Elk Grove Unified, Davis Joint Unified, Sacramento City Unified and Washington Unified school districts to explore green/clean construction, architecture and engineering jobs. To fulfill this, the colleges teamed up with ACE Sacramento, sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange, through a program called Junior ACE, taking fun, hands-on green lessons into the middle schools. More information about this project is available by calling (916) 691-7913.
Green Technologies Externships for Area Middle and High School Teachers & Counselors Also sponsored through the State of California SB 70 Grant, CRC and SCC have worked with the North State Building Industry Association to develop a paid summer externship for teachers and counselors of the Elk Grove Unified, Davis Joint Unified, Sacramento City Unified, and Washington Unified school districts. The purpose of the externship is to provide a construction industry opportunity for teachers to discover practical classroom lessons in the workplace. Teachers will learn firsthand how the subject areas they teach are used in a variety of green occupations. Upon completion of the externship, teachers create a lesson with an emphasis on applied learning. The challenge is to show how the learning objective is used in the “real world” based upon the externship experience. Counselors learn about the construction industry and how people got into the industry as a career. They will take this information and develop a display or presentation to share with students, other counselors, and parents. More information about this project is available by calling (916) 691-7913.
For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see www.crc.losrios.edu/pslo