SAC Earns Mark of Distinction

May 11, 2018


Alamo Colleges District—San Antonio College was recently recognized as a climate champion by Second Nature, a non-profit focused on accelerating climate action in and through the higher education sector, and received a ‘Mark of Distinction.’

Part of the Climate Leadership Network, Marks of Distinction is a new initiative that recognizes a select group of higher education institutions that set high-performance goals and demonstrate and report progress towards those goals.

“On behalf of San Antonio College, I am pleased to be among the three institutions in Texas that received a Mark of Distinction from Second Nature’s Climate Commitment,” said SAC President, Dr. Robert Vela. “For more than 90 years, San Antonio College has been a pillar of excellence in our community, and we continue to push the envelope. In 2014, SAC opened the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro, a sustainability hub for the city of San Antonio. With continual outreach to faculty, staff, students, and community members, the Center helps fulfill the College’s goal of achieving a healthier environment for all.”

Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment signatories, all a part of the Climate Leadership Network, have shared their knowledge by developing climate action plans and submitting greenhouse gas inventories to a public Reporting Platform. Until now, this information has never been used to recognize the accomplishments of individual schools.

All five of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District are committed to sustainability and are signatories to Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. As actively participating signatory institutions, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, St. Philip’s College and Palo Alto College are eligible for the second round of Marks of Distinction which will be awarded in September 2018.

To learn more about Second Nature and to view a complete list of signatories and those earning Marks of Distinctions, visit