The environmental dimension encompasses a healthy relationship with the earth and its resources, and a healthy relationship with your personal surroundings. It means being intentional about:
- Protecting yourself from environmental hazards, such as noise, chemicals, pollution and ultraviolet radiation.
- Caring for and organizing your personal and professional spaces so you are productive and free of unnecessary stress.
- Conserving resources and leading a lifestyle that is respectful of your immediate surroundings, the community in which you live, and the planet.
Practices that demonstrate environmental wellness include
- Recycle, reduce waste and conserve energy and water.
- Protect yourself from environmental hazards.
- Walk, bike, car-pool and/or use public transportation whenever possible.
- Clean, organize and remove clutter from your home or office.
- Spend time in natural settings.
- Find a special place where you go to relax and clear your mind.
- Join an environmental organization.
Tips and resources for enhancing your environmental wellness
Consider alternative forms of commuting to and from work. Rideshare is a commuting resource for those in the Northwest. Managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation, the site is a tool for free information and resources for alternative travel options. The goal is to help commuters do their part to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and sustain the quality of living in our region.
Clark College participates in a Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program for faculty and staff. This program offers a fully subsidized, one-zone C-tran bus pass for a limited number of users. Those interested must sign up to participate through the Security Office, and agree to use the bus at least 60% of the time to commute to and from work. For more information, contact the Security Department at 360.992.2133.
Visit the Clark College Environmental Health and Safety webpage to access information and resources on safety and sustainability.
Ergonomics are essential to ensuring workplace wellness. To look at how you can modify your space visit the Clark College Ergonomics page.
When an injury occurs you can lose focus and productivity. Use the Clark College Incident pages (ClarkNet Access Required) to quickly get you returned to work.
Participate in Common Read, a college-wide reading program at Clark, and educate yourself on the issue of garbage and its significance to the health of our environment. Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, by Edward Hume, will be explored and integrated into coursework, events and activities for 2014-2016.
Clark College is a Tobacco-Free college. To see how this came to be, or to get other information related to tobacco at the college go to the Tobacco-Free page.
Take a stroll through the college's Japanese Gardens, located on the south end of campus, between the Baird and Beacock Music buildings.
Find a new hiking trail in Washington state, read about the essentials for spending a fun and safe time in the outdoors, or volunteer to protect and maintain trails and wildlands. Visit the Washington Trails Association website for more information.