By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Delta College officials have announced the school is one of five exemplary community colleges to be presented with a Green Genome Award.
The Green Genome Awards are evaluated in four key areas critical to holistic green college transformation: community engagement, governance, program design and delivery, and strategic partnerships. Delta College is recognized specifically for its pursuit in building thriving relationships with local and regional businesses that serve all sectors of the existing and emerging green labor force, and for its integral role in the economic health of the Great Lakes Bay region.
Delta officials say the college has acted as a sustainability liaison between campus and community and as advocates in areas such as regional transit, alternative energy development, green building, and clean water. Delta College will be awarded $8,000 plus a set of state-of-the-art Bahco brand Snap-on tools and horticulture equipment. The awards are sponsored by Snap-on.
"I'm pleased that Delta College won this award for our community outreach efforts," said Dr. Jean Goodnow, Delta College President. "Community colleges are at the center of America's 21st century workforce. Delta College is pleased to be recognized among the top community colleges ensuring that sustainability and clean economy training are integrated into the entire campus and community. The results will be impactful and long lasting for the Great Lakes Bay Region."
Other winners of this award include:
Butte College, Butte, California (Governance)
Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina (Program Design & Delivery)
Hillsborough Community College, Plant City, Florida (Overall)
West Virginia University, Parkersburg (Strategic Partnerships)
The awards are part of a larger Green Genome Initiative sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and its Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center (SEED). In the past two years, more than 460 community colleges representing over 3 million students have joined AACC's SEED Center, pledging leadership in green workforce and economic development.
Todd Cohen, Director of the SEED Center and Dr. Bryan Albrecht, chair of AACC's Presidents' Sustainability Task Force and president of Gateway Technical College will present the awards at this week's regional community college summit, Building Sustainable Industry-College Partnerships. Linda Petee, Sustainability & Risk Management Coordinator, received the award on behalf of Delta College.
"We recognize that colleges serve their communities and employers better when campus green initiatives are strategically aligned with community need," said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC President and CEO. "Through Green Genome, AACC's SEED is helping to provide colleges a roadmap to becoming more sustainable and building strong energy and trades education partnerships."
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