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Sustaining Viability

Chemeketa strives to be a model of best practices for our students, our community and our future.

Sustainable Practices

Our policy is to –

  • Practice environmental stewardship by expanding ecologically sound practices throughout the college based on thoughtful analysis of immediate and long-term impacts
  • Develop a college curriculum which includes learning outcomes that reflect ecologically sound standards and practices

Chemeketa has prepared an Environmental Stewardship Plan (2017) and established institutional indicators and measures to continually monitor and advance sustainability efforts.




    We recognize the scientific consensus that global warming is real and primarily caused by humans. Chemeketa has committed to do its part and signed the Carbon Commitment to give us clear measures and a better structure for making progress on neutralizing carbon emissions from the college.

    The college has set a target date for net carbon neutrality of 2050, maintains a Climate Action Plan and submits annual greenhouse gas data with Second Nature.


    Chemeketa construction projects employ high standards for conservation and sustainability. For example, both Buildings 8 and 20 on the Salem Campus uses passive ventilation and daylighting to reduce energy consumption. These building features are designed to conserve 60% more energy than specified by code.

    The Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry in downtown Salem has been awarded a LEED silver certification. Chemeketa strives to meet LEED Silver Equivalent standards in all of its new buildings and in remodels.

    See how well we're doing by monitoring Building 8's energy usage.


    EarthWISE is a Marion County program that recognizes businesses that have made a commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

    Chemeketa is the first community college in Oregon to receive EarthWISE certification. To obtain certification Chemeketa met rigorous criteria for practices like –

    • Recycling
    • Waste reduction
    • Purchasing
    • Education
    • Water conservation
    • Waste and storm water management
    • Energy conservation

    We endeavor to provide our staff and students with a safe and healthy place to work, learn, and relax.

    Chemeketa has two stormwater pretreatment facilities on campus that assist in maintaining water quality and prevent flooding.

    Chemeketa has tested the water in our buildings for lead contamination. Here is the Lead Water Test Report.


    Chemeketa's faculty have developed several programs that prepare students for careers employing sustainable practices, including –

    Chemeketa also offers coursework that prepares for students for careers in natural resource management in the General Sciences, Biology, Geology, and Geography departments.