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Padrón Campus Sustainability Committee: About Us

Earth Day, Every Day: Enhancing Learning and Changemaking Related to Environmental Sustainability and Earth Literacy

Haiti Relief (through reuse, etc.) 

​Please help us collect empty pill bottles and other First-Aid items for use in Haiti. Look for drop-off points on Padrón Campus (Single Stop, etc.).

For more details, please contact Profs. Nathalie Cajuste & Rebecca Sanchez 


This 4 That (T4T) Thrift Center

This 4 That (T4T) Thrift Center is a project and online platform created by student Patricia Ruiz that provides MDC students a way to exchange clothes they don't use and develop other more sustainable clothing habits. Look for drop-off points on Padrón Campus (Honors College Lounge, etc.).

Student Food Pantry

Please help to promote the Student Food Pantry and let your students know they can contact Mary Wallace (Single Stop) for details --
or simply stop by the
ACCESS Department, Room 1112  (Student Services area) on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM  and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to receive FREE items.


Would you like to help restock the Student Food Pantry?
Items needed: feminine hygiene items, toiletries, proteins (canned tuna, sausage, peanut butter, etc.), tomato sauce, pasta, rice, beans, and breakfast items.

Bike Parking

Covered bicycle parking is available at street level in both garages -- accessible from 7th Street.

(Bicycle Parking -- South Garage)

(Bicycle Parking -- North Garage)

About Us 

Padrón Campus Sustainability Committee is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to enhancing learning and changemaking related to environmental sustainability and earth literacy. Team members represent different disciplines and areas of Padrón Campus. Current members are listed below:


This Committee is supported by: Padrón Campus GSELS Faculty, Campus Learning Community (CLC) Committee and IMPACT Committee members, as well as by MDC Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED), Learning ResourcesMedia ServicesSingle Stop and the Honors College.

News & Events

News & Events 

The 2021-22 Campus Learning Community (CLC) theme is:
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Faculty and students from all campuses are encouraged to participate in CLC Symposia (one each semester) and/or host Goal 3 related events and activities of their own throughout the academic year.

The CLC LibGuide (website) has been updated with teaching and learning resources to encourage exploration and achievement of Goal 3 targets and indicators.

Tentative Dates for the Fall 2021 Symposium are:
Monday, November 29 - Friday, December 3


#BeKind in September -- lots of activities that connect with good health & well-being

Join Miami Dade College in establishing kinder habits and compassion by participating in the Born This Way Foundation's Be Kind 21 Challenge.

21 days of Mindful Kindness, Delivering Kindness, and Cultivating Kindness.



Earth Ethics Institute has a Blog!  With new posts by Profs. Jaeson Clayborn, Steve Kronen, etc.
You and your students can submit and publish writing about resilience and earth literacy.


September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”


5 Human Impacts on the Environment: Crash Course Ecology (10-min video)


Project Drawdown: Climate Solutions 101 (free online course)


                        CLEAR: Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy & Resilience  Develop an intersectional understanding of the climate crisis, local solutions, and advocacy skills to become a climate resilience leader  September 1 - November 3 Wednesdays 6-8:30pm

CLEAR: Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy & Resilience

Develop an intersectional understanding of the climate crisis, local solutions, and advocacy skills to become a climate resilience leader

September 1 - November 3


Dr. Mark Tirpak - Program Professional (part-time), Earth Ethics Institute (EEI)


YES! Club
Padrón Campus YES for Environmental Sustainability (YES!) Club is a student organization (sponsored by Earth Ethics Institute) whose mission is to highlight the importance of sustainability and biological diversity while educating others about the function of natural ecosystems and their intrinsic value.

Advisor: Albert Lenel


Engineers for a Sustainable World
Padrón Campus Engineers for a Sustainable World mobilizes students and professionals through education, technical projects and collaborative action to impact local and global sustainability challenges. We envision a world in which engineering fosters environmental, social and economic sustainability to improve both the quality of life and the condition of our planet.

Advisors: Jykro Correo & Adolfo Mendez

Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton Earth Literacy Scholarship Award

Named for our friend, longtime supporter, past director, and current EEI board member, this annual Award celebrates a student's superior achievement and action in support of Earth and Earth Literacy.

Mariana Ruiz received this Award for Padrón Campus in April 2021, as nominated by Professors Albert Lenel and Emily Sendin (Communications, Arts & Philosophy).

GSELS Classes & Student Scholars

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) classes at MDC -- which are part of different academic programs -- acknowledge the interconnections and interdependencies that define our world. Students can earn GSELS Scholar recognition at MDC, in part by doing well in GSELS classes (see the requirements).

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Miami Dade College (MDC) is a proud member of The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Please see the AASHE calendar for other events.


Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) at Miami Dade College (MDC): Fostering earth literacy at Miami Dade College and beyond