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PCC Sustainability Consulting

Partner: Portland Community College 

Start Date: July 2012

Duration: Through June 2013

Portland Community College (PCC) has contracted with Community Environmental Services to assist in the development of a user-specific Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory guidebook for PCC.  In addition to developing the guidebook, CES is charged with supporting PCC’s District Sustainability Manager in completing the GHG audit for FY11 and FY12, analyzing the resulting data, and implementing any ensuing GHG emissions monitoring and reduction plans. The overarching goal of this partnership is to use the results of the greenhouse gas inventory to reduce the college’s greenhouse gas emissions and reinforce how current and future sustainability programs are connected to managing these emissions. In 2011, under a previous contract between PCC and CES, a GHG inventory was completed for the eight years between FY03 to FY10. 

Separate from the GHG inventory, CES is also providing assistance in the promotion of recycling throughout all of PCC’s campuses and facilities either directly by responding to recycling-related inquiries or indirectly by advising and/or monitoring various PCC stakeholders regarding recycling efforts. 

Additionally, CES assists in the promotion of a number of other PCC’s district-wide sustainability efforts. These efforts have included:

1) supporting PCC’s District Sustainability Manager in negotiating and administering contracts and partnership agreements with internal and outside vendors

2) assisting with the development of PCC’s district-wide water conservation plan

3) collaborating with various PCC departments concerning the college’s sustainable purchasing policy

CES staff participates in additional sustainability efforts including the PCC Sustainability Council and the Climate Action Plan (CAP) Consumption and Solid Waste Subcommittee. (Climate Action Plan)

Recent Accomplishments
  • In February, 2012: Completion of a District-wide supply chain Economic Input-Output-Life Cycle Analysis (EIO-LCA) for all FY 2010 purchasing data.  The EIO-LCA places a carbon-emission intensity (MTCO2e) on specific purchasing categories.  The EIO-LCA completed for FY2010 analyzed over $80.7 million dollars of college expenditures. 

    Moving forward, an EIO-LCA will be completed for seven (7) addition past FY of purchasing data to cover FY 2010 through FY 2003.  Among many uses, this information will help inform the full implementation of the new PCC Sustainable Purchasing Policy.  This will also help move the college closer to thinking about and informing their waste minimization and recycling systems as a material management issue.

  • Procurement of two (2) industrial-scale vermicomposting units to augment the existing pre-consumer compost diversion project occurring at the Sylvania campus.  Each units measure 5' wide, 6' long, and 4' tall and will be placed in the Sylvania Learning Garden by summer of 2012.  The units will be used for on-site compost cultivation of pre-consumer food waste coming out of the Sylvania kitchen.  Each unit can process 75-150 lbs of organic waste per day, with a daily output of 45-90 lbs of compost.  The compost will be used by the learning garden and the PCC Grounds Department.

  • Delivery of 100 new indoor and outdoor public collection containers, 620 classroom containers to all 9 campuses and centers in the summer of 2011;

  • Launch of the pre-consumer food waste program at student dining food preparation kitchens on Sylvania Campus in October of 2011; and

  • Development of full waste, recycling and composting tracking system for the 9 campuses and centers currently using 5 different waste haulers normalized by student enrollment and staff onsight.

  • PCC District = 4 main campuses, 5 distance leaning centers, 93,000 student enrollment in 2010, 30,000 full time students, 1,500 square mile district, 5,000 full time faculty, 5th largest community college in the nation.

  • Pre-consumer food waste collection program at Sylvania; diversion weights per month from beginning of pilot: October 2011: 2,050lbs; November 2011: 3,200lbs; December 2011: 2,400lbs; January 2012: 4,200lbs.

  • PCC Campus Diversion Rate Averages:










Rock Creek



Climb Center






South East Center



Willow Creek



Downtown Center



Newberg Center



*Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center
**Construction phase, no data available for 2009.

  • EIO-LCA FY2010 Analysis Findings: Total Expenditures of $80,697,600.55;  EIO-LCA results of 34,701.5 MTCO2e for all supply-chain purchases. 


PCC Sustainability website

To learn more about the PCC District Recycling Partnership Contact CES.