Chandler-Gilbert Community College was recently named as a finalist in the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, which recognizes innovation and excellence in climate leadership at signatory institutions of the American College and University presidents’ climate commitment.

Dr. Linda Lujan, CGCC president, credits students, faculty and staff with the success of the college’s sustainability initiatives.

The college was nominated for implementing initiatives in college operations, instructional activities, outreach, and assessment and research.

Some college operational initiatives include instituting a charter for all new construction to meet minimum LEED Silver certification, purchasing renewable energy from Salt River Project, installing new cooling towers and a high efficiency chiller system, retrofitting all light fixtures with electronic ballasts/T8 lamps, retrofitting campus restrooms with waterless urinals, utilizing reclaimed water on the college’s Pecos Campus, 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler, serving all irrigation needs, and committing to a year-long paper reduction campaign.

Instructional initiatives include increasing the number of existing environmental science course offerings and implementing a Sustainability and Ecological Literacy Certificate, incorporating sustainability topics into required orientation sessions for all incoming students, creating learning community courses around sustainability topics, practicing green chemistry in college classrooms, beginning construction of an Environmental Technology Center and Garden, a learning space powered by alternative energy.

The Climate Leadership Awards highlight campus innovation and climate leadership to transition society to a clean, just, and sustainable future. Second Nature will announce the winners of the Third Annual Climate Leadership Awards at the Sixth Annual Climate Leadership Summit of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) June 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com

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