Sustainability at Ohlone

Our Ohlone Indian heritage continues through our commitment towards environmental stewardship and sustainability. The lessons learned from our Ohlone ancestors continue today in our classrooms and the Ohlone College community.

The Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology is the first LEED Platinum College in the world.

Did you know that…

  • There is a "Green News" bulletin board over the recycle center at the Newark campus across from the Campus Police Office. All new items are posted once each month from a variety of green organizations.
  • Faculty and the Ohlone College Foundation raised funds to establish Ohlone College’s first Environmental Studies Department housed in our new Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology facility.
  • Numerous faculty members have included environmental themes in their curriculum.

Principles of Sustainable Development

From the United Nations Conference on Environmental Development:

  • Principle 1 - Humans should live in harmony with nature
  • Principle 2 - Save for the Future
  • Principle 3 - Eliminate poverty
  • Principle 4 - Care for countries that have fewer resources
  • Principle 5 - Cooperate globally
  • Principle 6 - Reduce our ecological footprint
  • Principle 7 - Educate the public
  • Principle 8 - Penalize poulters and aid victims
  • Principle 9 - Do not export harm
  • Principle 10 - Subject activities to environmental reviews
  • Principle 11 - International community must respond to localized disasters
  • Principle 12 - Fully include women
  • Principle 13 - Mobilize young people
  • Principle 14 - Nations must recognize and support Indigenous Peoples
  • Principle 15 - War must not break International environmental laws
  • Principle 16 - We must have Peace
  • Principle 17 - Resolve environmental disputes peacefully
  • Principle 18 - Cooperate Internationally to fulfill these principles

Green Tips!

  1. What do I do with my coffee cup, plastic top, and cardboard sleeve?  Sadly, you can only recycle the sleeve.  Best to bring your own cup and enjoy your coffee from your favorite mug. 
  2. Start a garden! Spring is here! Do some planting (if you don't have a yard, use pots). Eating food from your yard is great for the environment. Most grocery store food travels over 1000 miles to get to your plate. That is a lot of oil!
  3. As the weather starts to warm up, cool your house/office in the evening and close curtains and blinds during the day to keep things cool. Also, save energy by keeping vents and doors closed to unoccupied rooms. Fans are less energy intensive than air conditioning.
  4. Microwave your smelly kitchen sponge to kill bacteria and get more use out of it before it goes in the bin.

Contact Information

  • Jeff Watanabe
    Associate Professor
    Biology and Environmental Studies
    (510) 742-2361
    jwatanabe@ohlone.edu

  • Gale Carli, Ed.D, RN
    Dean, Health Sciences and Environmental Studies Division
    (510) 742-3100
    gcarli@ohlone.edu