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Green Diploma

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Add a sustainability concentration to your degree and receive the North Lake College Green Diploma!
 
Available for all students and all majors, the Green Diploma is an emphasis track focused on Service Learning and Sustainability.
 
Earn the Green Diploma by completing 15 volunteer hours and 15 credit hours of designated "green" courses that include topics of sustainability in economy, environment, or society.

What is a green class?

A course is “green” when it includes topics and assignments focused on sustainability. Sustainability means meeting the needs of today's generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
 
The three tenets of sustainability are economy, environment, and society. There are over 50 green courses available in more than 15 subjects, from biology to government, from mathematics to construction management.
 
Our "green" faculty pledge to go paperless and take operational steps to reduce their courses’ environmental impacts. Some make sure that required books are all available digitally, incorporate texts on ecology and climate, or offer extra credit for students who attend sustainability-themed events.
 
Course availability varies by semester.  You can browse the Course Catalog for specific course offering in each semester. Please contact Brandon Morton bmorton@dcccd.edu for an updated course list.

Why should I earn the Green Diploma?

Green jobs are available for almost every career – Business, Education, Engineering, Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology, Logistics, Public Administration, Retail Sales, Recycling, Research, Science Transportation, Waste Management and Water Resources, and many more.
 
Companies, Sports Teams, Schools, Government and Non-Profit Organizations offer green jobs. Salaries for green jobs start at $10.00/hour and can be as high as $250,000/year, depending on education and experience.   
 
More than 35 colleges and universities in Texas offer “green” education programs. Earn the Green Diploma with your Associate's Degree and transfer to a 4-year university.
 
For more information about leading companies and organizations that practice sustainability, please visit the ‘Sustainability Consortium’, ‘Retail Industry Leadership Association Sustainability’, or ‘Triple Bottom Line’.   

How do I earn the Green Diploma?

Complete 15 college credit hours of "green" courses with a "C" or better and graduate with an Associate Degree at North Lake College in any field.

All courses transfer as core or elective to a 4-year college or university. Please see your academic advisor or the North Lake College Transfer Center for specific details.  

Volunteer hours can include campus and/or community projects in areas like green business and marketing, environmental education and outreach, landscape improvement and tree planting, trail maintenance at community parks, energy audits for building, recycling enhancement, event coordination and management, and more. Please review Service Learning requirements here.

If you have additional questions about the Green Diploma, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Brandon Morton at bmorton@dcccd.edu or
972-273-3392.