Sustainability at SFCC


At SFCC we’re working hard to achieve new standards in sustainability. From Platinum and Gold LEED-certified buildings to campus recycling of materials and water to a garden-to-table Culinary Arts program, we believe in doing our part to advance the idea of sustainability on our campus and in our community. For examples of our commitment, see the links below.

Art on Campus – Ethyl the Whale

The Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf installed Ethyl the Whale on SFCC’s campus on Earth Day 2019. The 82-foot life-sized sculpture of a blue whale is made of hand-recycled plastic trash to bring awareness to the ever-growing urgency of the negative impact plastics have on our environment. Visit Ethyl the Whale at SFCC, adjacent to the Witter Fitness Education Center.


Trades and Advanced Technologies Center (LEED Platinum)
Health and Sciences Center (LEED Gold)
Santa Fe Higher Education Center (LEED Gold)


Adsorption Chiller
Solar Array


Culinary Arts Garden


Bottles, cans and paper composting
Recycling Overview Nov. 2014 (PowerPoint)


Parking Information
Santa Fe Bike Trails Map


Bottled Water Facts
Filtered Water Stations

SFCC Governing Board Resolutions

Reduction of the Sale of Single-use Plastic Bottle Beverages
Committment to Researching and Implementing Viable and Affordable Zero Waste Practices

Sustainability Education

Read about Sustainability Education at SFCC

Adobe Construction
Biodiesel/Alternative Fuels
Green Building Center of Excellence
New Mexico Energy$mart Academy
Sustainable Technologies Center