Our Mission

Richland College’s Sustainability mission is to build a sustainable local and world community. Since 1975, Richland College has tracked energy consumption, and it currently provides and tracks the recycling of 38 different materials while maintaining and monitoring an onsite waste-management program. Last year alone, Richland College recycled 485 tons of materials.

Richland Green Teams

Richland College Green Teams consists of students, faculty, staff and community who voluntarily come together to fulfill the mission of the District and college in promoting sustainability awareness, identify sustainability initiatives and implement solutions to help our campus be energy efficient with our resources and environmentally sustainable.

Green Teams

Richland Facilities Sustainability

Richland College Facilities Sustainability vision is to develop a campus “culture of sustainability,” and take the lead to incorporate a green curriculum by utilizing our campus resources as a living laboratory to provide training for staff and students about sustainable practices.

Facilities Sustainability

Richland Energy Management

The Energy Management program prepares students to evaluate energy use patterns and systems. Students gain practical experience monitoring energy consumption and emissions and identifying the financial and environmental impacts of improved energy performance. The program prepares students for careers in energy efficiency and waste reduction.

Energy Management
As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Richland College is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.
—Rick Fedrizzi President/CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council

LEED ® Certified Green Buildings

No man is an island. There are people, places and things that you will need to succeed in the classroom. Use these resources to your advantage.

LEED's Platinum Certificate Richland College Sabine Science Building

LEED® Platinum Certificate
Sabine Science Building

LEED's Gold Certificate Richland College Garland Campus building

LEED® Gold Certificate
Garland Campus


Richland College has been recognized for its efforts.

EPA logo U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum logo Green Business Gold Certification Recycle Mania Tournament logo AASHE STARS logo Texas Energy Managers Association logo Tree Campus USA logo

2017 Tree Campus USA Designation ♦ 2017, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 & 2008 Recyclemania Texas First Place ♦ 2013-2016 City f Dallas Recycle Round-Up ♦ 2016 Recyclemania Grand Champions ♦ 2016 SMCP-Sustaniablity Management Certified Professional (Member) ♦ 2013 & 2009 Recyclemania Texas Second Place ♦ 2012, 2011 & 2010 EPA Waste Wise Partner of the Year - Colleges & Universities ♦ 2012 Louis I Kahn Citation Sabine Hall of Science LEED Platinum ♦ 2011 U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum ♦ 2011 ASASHE STARS Silver Institution ♦ 2011 The State of Texas House of Representiatives - H. R. No. 1892 ♦ 2010 TEMA-Texas Energy Managers Association (Member) ♦ 2009 Green Richland College Recycling on Campus & 2009 Business & Industry Awards Environmental Award ♦ 2008 Texas Tree Farm Foundation


Richland College Student Green Team Hosting Used Clothing Fundraiser

Spring is a season of starting fresh, giving back and going green, and the Richland College Student Green Team (SGT) is doing just that and has...

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Richland College Awarded City of Dallas Zero Waste Management Gold Level Green Business Certification

Richland College is passionate about going green, and the college has once again been recognized for its efforts...

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Richland College Designated as a Tree Campus USA

Richland College has recently been designated as a Tree Campus USA College by the Arbor Day Foundation. This designation recognizes college and university campuses that...

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Sonia Ford, Sustainability Project Coordinator | Pecos Hall, P-131 | 972-238-6109 or 972-238-3793