Welcome to Earth Day 2021

Help us celebrate Earth Day during this week long series of virtual events! This year's theme is: All of Life is Connected - a virtual celebration. Brought to you by ASDVC and the DVC Sustainability Committee. Join us via zoom!

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Sustainable Eating
April 19, 12:30-1:30pm

Eating is an essential part of life, but what kind of impact do our dining habits have on the planet? Marci Cole-Ekberg, Squire Davidson, John Matthesen, and the DVC Culinary department will demonstrate some amazing tips. Q/A to follow. Join us via zoom!

Environmental related jobs

Careers related to the environment
April 20, 12:30-2:00pm

Meet professionals who work with environment issues every day. Panel Q/A discussion with Madison Aberer (Republic Services), Vic Vong (Greenlining Institute), Kirsten Riker (511 Contra Costa), and Marci Cole-Ekberg (Diablo Valley College). Join us via zoom!

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Performing Arts and the Environment
April 21, 12:30-1:15pm

What do the arts have to say about the environment? A lot, actually. Prerecorded performances from DVC’s music, drama, dance, and English departments will make for a groovy Wednesday! After showing the videos, there will be a Q/A with some of the artists, exploring the way art intersects the environment.  The DVC Horticulture will do a brief demonstration after the performing arts groups.
Join us via zoom!

Enviornmental Justice

Earth Day Speaker: Environmental Justice Series
April 22, 12:30-2:00pm

Vic Vong from the Greenlining Institute will be giving a presentation about environmental justice, followed by a brief Q/A. The talk will contextualize environmental issues, giving a local angle while describing clear action items. Afterwards, we’ll be going into breakout rooms to expand on the discussion led by interested students and faculty. 
Join us via zoom!

Sustainability at DVC

Please visit 511Contra Costa for Special COVID-19 Transit Service Updates.


Bike racks are located at various locations around campus. Bikes are allowed on BART and County Connection. The Contra Costa Canal Trail is a Class I multi-use trail adjacent to DVC and connects Pleasant Hill with Martinez, Walnut Creek, and Concord. Class I and II Electric Bikes are allowed on both the Canal and Iron Horse Trails (15 mph speed limit). The 511CC Bike Mapper offers route planning with options. 

There are currently 20 EV charging stations on the Pleasant Hill Campus. Soon, the San Ramon Campus will also have stations available for use.

The DVC Custodial Department is now Green Certified

DVC is proud to announce that our custodial department is now Green Certified making our college a more toxic free, environmentally conscience college.

Green businesses conserve energy and water, recycle and reduce their waste, and make sure they don't pollute. They're certified according to set standards by a team from PG&E, the water company, solid waste, and agencies protecting storm water, wastewater, air, and soil.

The Commons and Student Services Center

The entire project is a showcase for sustainable development, both inside and out. Many of the green features of the project are created out of synergies between the building and landscape including captured water runoff that is treated in storm water gardens, and re-using for plumbing within the building. This project is expected to achieve LEED Gold. More information about the Commons Project.

Transit Center

Our gorgeous new transit center makes taking public transportation to campus easier than ever. The County Connection offers new hybrid buses on many transit lines. Last year 3,528 Metric Tons of Greenhouse gases (CO2e) were saved by people who chose County Connection instead of driving.

Solar panels

The solar panels in the parking lots are saving thousands of dollars on energy costs while protecting our cars from the winter rain, and summer heat.


For more information visit the recycling page.

Water conservation

DVC recently won an award for water conservation! Diablo Valley College (DVC) took a number of steps that greatly reduced their water usage and was recognized for their efforts. Granted by the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD), the water saving award was presented to DVC during the Sustainable Contra Costa Annual Awards Gala as an act of appreciation for all of DVC’s work in conserving their water supply.

DVC’s Building and Grounds department has made irrigation issues a priority and instituted several new conservation efforts, including the use of recycled water in DVC’s lavatories and Horticulture department.

Program offerings for alternative energy systems

The photovoltaic systems program at Diablo Valley College prepares students for jobs such as photovoltaic systems installers, designers and sales people. Students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in areas related to construction and energy.

Environmental Sustainability Committee

Charge/Function: An environmental sustainability Committee is in place to promote environmental awareness among faculty, staff, and students.

The committee develops recommendations to the college that are designed to: promote throughout the College community conservation of resources, energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, pollution prevention, increased reliance on renewable resources, and other measures consistent with sustainable living.

The Sustainability Committee hosts an Earth Day Celebration every year in April and a Bike to Work Day every year in May.

For more information, download the DVC sustainable brochure (pdf)

For a copy of the Spring 2017 travel survey, download the travel survey report (pdf) 

Everyone is welcome to attend the Sustainability Committe Meetings.  

Sustainability Newsletter, Fall 2019, Issue 1

Sustainability Newsletter, Fall 2019, Issue 2

Sustainability Newsletter, Spring 2020, Issue 3

Sustainability Newsletter, Fall 2020, Issue 4

Sustainability Newsletter, Spring 2021, Issue 5

Sustainability Newsletter, Spring 2021, Issue 6