Community colleges making a commitment to sustainability in partnership with business and industry were highlighted at a recent summit convened by the American Association of Community Colleges’ SEED Center.
“We want green sustainability to be infused into everything a college does,” said Todd Cohen, director of SEED (Sustainability Education and Economic Development). “We’re pushing community colleges to move toward a green evolution.”
To help them accomplish that goal, SEED has issued a report, “The Community College Green Genome Framework,” with a checklist of 47 indicators that colleges can use as a self-assessment tool. At the summit earler this month, SEED presented its inaugural Green Genome Awards to five community colleges that integrate sustainability and clean technology workforce development into their DNA.
The summit was held at Gateway Technical College (GTC) in Wisconsin, which offers a variety of green initiatives, including programs in freshwater engineering, solar energy, geothermal energy and urban farming; a Center for Sustainable Living, featuring a house “off the grid”; and a Green Scholars program that recognizes environmentally conscious students.
Solar panels and small wind turbines power some of the energy used by the college, and the grounds feature a prairie with native plants and an herb garden used by culinary students. <Read more.>
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