SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott today congratulated the winners of the Green California Community College Summit’s 2011 Leadership Awards. The awards honor outstanding accomplishments in sustainability within the 112-campus California Community Colleges system.
The awards were presented at an October 17 reception as part of the summit held at the Pasadena Convention Center.
“Renewable energy and sustainability make great sense from a budget standpoint. And, the industry’s growth means additional jobs and quality workforce training at our community colleges,” said Chancellor Scott, noting a new report by the Solar Foundation that shows 25 percent of the nation’s solar energy jobs are in California. “Our colleges are turning out workers with the skills to build, install and operate these new technologies. I congratulate all of the winners for their fine efforts in helping to lead California’s drive toward energy independence.”
The winners included:
Pioneer Award: Butte College Director of Facilities/Mike Miller
Butte College is the first college campus in the nation to go completely "grid positive,” producing more solar energy than it consumes. Behind the Butte-Glenn Community College District's innovative green building, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs was Director of Facilities, Mike Miller.
Instructor Award: Professor John Frala
Frala teaches Advanced Transportation Technologies and Energy at Rio Hondo College in Whittier. A leader in alternative fuels education, he has brought the need for change in energy usage to public attention through his education seminars.
Teacher Award: Benjamin Kay
Kay is a marine scientist and marine biology teacher at Santa Monica High School and Santa Monica College. He teaches students about aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the human-caused impacts that threaten their fragile existence. His courses integrate inquiry-based methods, hands-on labs, field trips and expert guest speakers.
District Award: Pasadena Area Community College District
The Pasadena Area Community College District is recognized for its wide-ranging sustainability initiatives. Long before "going green" became popular, Pasadena City College began to install energy-saving equipment. The district is now among the system leaders in energy and water efficiency and renewable energy.
Energy Award: Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District pledged to work toward making its campuses carbon neutral. A Climate Action Plan developed goals of using renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency. Meeting these goals has led to significant reductions of the district's carbon footprint and operating costs.
Curriculum Award: RichmondBUILD and Contra Costa Community College
The RichmondBUILD Green Jobs Training Academy was developed in 2007 to create employment and career opportunities in Richmond and the San Francisco Bay Area. A partnership with Contra Costa College improved curriculum delivery. RichmondBUILD graduates have a 90 percent job placement rate.