Sustainability at Brunswick Community College
As a two-year institution of higher education located in Brunswick County the most Southeastern coastal plain county in North Carolina, Brunswick Community College has a culture interested in the area’s natural wonders and history. Brunswick County is surrounded by wetlands and forests, the home of the Venus Fly Trap and Long Leaf Pines, coastal plain streams and lakes, lush marshes and Carolina Bays, reservoirs and estuaries in a very biodiverse region, and a rich history and heritage. The college has a variety of unique programs: Aquaculture, Aquaponics, and Marine Biotechnology (only two year program in the US) in addition to green building practices incorporated into the different construction trades in Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) programs. In 2015, the College launched its first Ecotourism program highlighting area ecosystems, history, and heritage.
The college maintains 66 plus acres surrounded by forests, wetlands, and walking trails. The site is designated as a NC Birding Trail site. BCC also maintains a college-level Sustainability Committee established in 2010. The College approved its first campus sustainability plan in May of 2015. It has three guiding Pillars that drives the on-campus initiative: To be Aware of our surroundings, to Renew goals as it relates to sustainability, and to Excel through our actions.
Brunswick Community College is currently an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and a Charter Participant in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), where Brunswick Community College received a Bronze rating for sustainability on campus in 2012. BCC is currently working on the 2.0 report of AASHE STARS, to submit for another rating in fall 2016. To learn more about Brunswick Community College’s participation in STARS or see the report online, please visit the AASHE STARS page or contact BCC STARS Sustainability through Innovation Leadership Center Coordinator.