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Mar 05
OCC Flex Day Focus on Sustainability, Budget Challenges

Orange Coast College held its Spring Flex Day on Thursday, Feb. 20, with a focus on sustainability and discussions around ongoing budget challenges throughout the District. The day’s activities included more than 100 unique sessions and/or workshops, with presenters addressing topics such as Title IX training, planning for retirement, and emergency management training. 

A large general session discussing a sustainable budget also was planned, and was led by President Angelica Suarez, as well as leaders from different governance groups on campus. The discussion focused on declining enrollment, budget challenges, and a recently announced hiring freeze and early retirement incentive.   

Organizer’s planned a “Sustainability Fair” with 25 booths, three service activities and six repeating talks. The Sustainability Fair also included 14 outside community partners who came to campus to promote sustainability, such as Lime, a micro-mobility company that rents electric scooters as public transportation. 

Another way that sustainability was emphasized at this Flex Day was in the way that lunch was provided for the more than 600 employees who attended; all meals were locally made from recovered food, with a focus on minimizing non-compostable, non-recyclable trash. 

In total, nearly 3,000 seats were registered for the day’s events. Attendance at Flex Day is mandatory for all full-time faculty and classes are not held. However efforts are also made to include all employee constituencies, with reimbursement for part-time faculty available and most offices on campus closing for the day, in order to make the day accessible for classified employees. 

OCC’s Fall Flex Day is scheduled for Aug. 21, 2020, and will have the theme of “There’s No Place Like Home,” a reference to the College’s opening of student housing on campus.