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Sustainability at CCC? Theres an app for that

If you're looking for information about sustainability on the Clackamas Community College campus, it's as near as your smart phone. The Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at CCC has launched a new tool to engage students and the community in sustainability on campus.

A Google Earth application has been added to the college's sustainability website that displays a satellite map of the new Campus Sustainability Tour.

The tour features the college's many sustainability initiatives, including the new Water Efficient Demonstration Garden and the Renewable Energy Field Lab. The Google Earth application allows students to follow a virtual tour without even traveling to campus.

The goal of the tour is to engage students on sustainability issues and provide resources on how they can get involved, according to Mike Noel, the Americorps volunteer who developed the tour and the virtual tour. The tour serves as a hands-on learning experience for those interested in seeing sustainable practices in action. While the physical tour nears completion, website visitors can peruse the virtual tour at home.

CCC has integrated sustainability into college life, education and facilities for much of its 45-year history. The tour highlights more than a dozen sustainability features at the college ranging from an experimental geothermal project to solar water heating systems used on college buildings to community gardens that utilize organic gardening practices.

The Campus Sustainability Tour includes demonstrations on everything from organic gardening to solar water heating. Each location provides resources for participants to learn more about the subject or even register for a college class.

The tour and the Google Earth application were developed through congressionally directed funds to support a Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at the college. For more information, visit depts.clackamas.edu/sustainability.