Sustainability at Camden County College

Sustainable Energy

Camden County College is committed to improve, to conserve and to enhance our environment by practicing sustainability while creating healthy living through interactive learning, social involvement, and ongoing research. In the spirit of this effort, the College Board has established a Green Initiative Program in 2010 consistent with the best sustainability practices of higher education and our colleagues at Camden County.

Green Team

The CCC Green Team was formed from a diverse group of individuals to encourage the pursuit of sustainability. Green Initiative accomplishments include: campus-wide recycling program, switch to green certified cleaning products, reduced fare passes for public transportation, construction of a campus greenhouse, increased campus tree planting and landscaping, Earth Day celebration and activities, use of document imaging to reduce reliance of paper files, and the review of all construction projects to encourage discussion of alternate material/methods with the focus of reducing the carbon footprint of the College.

Water Station


A partial listing of books from the College Library available with your valid CCC library card:

  • The Climate Change Debate by David E. Newton
    (call number QC903 .N495 2020)
  • Waste Management by David E. Newton
    (call number HD9975 .A2 N49 2020)
  • Why good People Do Bad Environmental Things by Elizabeth R. DeSombre
    (call number GE195 .D466 2018)

A partial listing of eBooks accessible through the CCC library with your valid CCC library card:

Website resources

  • Gateway to government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forestry Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey –
  • Site dedicated to global climate change sponsored by NASA –
  • National Park Service –
  • Environmental Defense Fund –
      Think Green and Keep Clean Banner

      Sustainability Efforts

      • All exterior parking lot and roadway lighting have been replaced with high efficiency LED lighting, and set on a timer, leading to a projected energy savings of 70%.
      • Materials used at the College, ranging from asphalt and concrete paving, to metal scraps, are all recycled, reducing solid waste disposal significantly.
      • Replacement of an aging, energy wasting electrical infrastructure with a modern energy efficient electrical system.
      • Inviting outdoor leisure areas have been designated to provide recreation space for students while raising appreciation of our natural environments.
      • Exterior plantings around campus are drought resistant and low maintenance native species.
      • An additional transportation hub was created to promote convenient use public transportation.
      • All building retrofits, updates, and reconstructions include energy management systems such as automatic heat setbacks, and motion detection light switches.
      • High-voltage electrical service replaced the original overhead service. These energy management initiatives reduce lighting and HVAC energy consumption.
      • Commitment to the purchase of renewable, reusable, recycled material.
      • Electric charging stations at our Blackwood Campus provide convenience to students, faculty, staff, and visitors who use Electric Vehicles (EVs).
      • 33 water filling stations have been installed across all locations. The water filling stations have saved approximately 323,750* water bottles since installation. *As of February 2024.
      • A 1-mile Nature Walk has been developed on the Blackwood Campus with 21 informational signposts about plant species observable throughout the walk. 18 of the 21 identified species on the walk are native to the area. Conducted tours are available; contact
      • A native plant garden thrives on the southside of Halpern Hall, and is maintained by students and faculty.
      • Camden County College was awarded a $167,550.43 Trees for Schools grant to fund the costs associated with the purchase and planting of trees including planning, site preparation, watering, monitoring and related expenses over a three-year period. The trees will be planted at the Camden City Campus, and at the William G. Rohrer Center in Cherry Hill.