by ecoAmerica Program Director Claire Carlin
In October 2010 ecoAmerica launched the Sustainability Education and Economic Development, SEED, Center in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges. SEED advances sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and FREE resources to increase the capacity of college leaders, faculty, and staff to foster a green workforce and build the green economy. Today, The SEED Center boasts more than 460 community college members representing over 3 million students.
Two years later, SEED has presented Green Genome Awards to five outstanding community colleges that have realized a strategic and integrated approach to green growth, talent development, and sustainability. By looking beyond the classroom and beyond the campus, Green Genome helps colleges understand how well sustainability efforts are raising awareness in their communities and among students across disciplines. This growing awareness can accelerate the green jobs trend by reducing barriers to adopting sustainable practices and creating further demand for efficient, sustainable resources.
Green Genome involves extensive review of existing college programs, and is organized around four institutional competencies developed by a national advisory panel made up of senior leaders in the US Department of Energy, sustainable industries, national associations, and at over 50 community colleges.
These are the winners from the 5 colleges plus the sponsor reps from Snap-on, Inc., Sustainability Task Force Chairs, and AACC SEED program director Todd Cohen.
The winning colleges recognized for their achievements within the four categories include:
Butte College, Butte, California (Governance)
Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina (Program Design & Delivery)
Delta College, University Center, Michigan (Community Engagement)
Hillsborough Community College,Plant City, Florida (Overall)
West Virginia University at Parkersburg (Strategic Partnerships)