BUTTE COLLEGE, Oroville, CA – As part of an expanding national effort to support “green” practices, programs, and training at the nation’s more than 1,100 community colleges, Butte College is one of five exemplary community colleges to be presented with a Green Genome Award hosted by Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wis.
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. Butte College is recognized specifically for Governance -the personnel, policies, plans, resources, and practices in place that reflect a commitment to sustainability and green-focused education and training. Butte 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.
“This is a wonderful award for Butte College, our students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Kimberly Perry, Butte College President. We are honored to be one of five community colleges in the nation to be recognized.”
Other winners of this prestigious award include:
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 presented the awards at the community college summit, Building Sustainable Industry-College Partnerships. Mimi Riley, Instructor, received the award on behalf of Butte 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.”