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Glendale Community College Finalist in Competition to Find Higher Education’s Most Innovative Climate Leaders

Second Nature Climate Leadership Award Finalist logo

Glendale, AZJanuary 31, 2013 – Glendale Community College (GCC) today announced that it is a finalist, for the second year in a row, in the Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among US colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

“We are thrilled to again be selected to compete for a Climate Leadership Award, a distinction that underscores GCC’s commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025, and advancing sustainable practices and systems as a lifestyle as well as a career choice,” said Irene Kovala, president of Glendale Community College.

The awards program is sponsored by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education, and PlanetForward, a media company that publishes news, opinion, and insight about energy, climate, and sustainability.

“If the destabilizing economic, political, and environmental events and natural disasters of the last 2-3 years have told us anything, it is that business as usual will not work,” said David Hales, President of Second Nature. “We need new and better ways of meeting human needs, and this year’s finalists are leading the way in creating — and teaching — sustainable solutions to the major economic and social issues of our time.”

This fourth annual award program drew the largest and most competitive pool of nominations to date.  Second Nature and PlanetForward will hold a public voting competition featuring the finalists’ climate leadership and campus innovations during Earth Month in April.

“The video that GCC submitted last year won the public voting for our Carnegie Classification, and we’re out to top that this year,” said Polly Laubach, GCC faculty member and leader of this year’s video submission. “Our multi-departmental team is crafting this year’s submission, which will focus on GCC’s accomplishments in the areas of transportation, energy and waste.”

Awards Timeline
During April 2013, the finalists will compete in public, online voting of the video entries each produced to promote their specific sustainability efforts. Last year’s voting competition drew over 70,000 video views and 14,000 votes.

In late spring, award winners will be chosen, independent of the video voting competition, by members of the Second Nature Board not affiliated with ACUPCC signatory schools.

More information on the awards is at www.secondnature.org/awards.

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College Contact:
Heidi Capriotti, 623-845-3805
heidi.capriotti@gccaz.edu

Second Nature Contact:
Rima Mulla, 617-722-0036 ext. 220
rmulla@secondnature.org

About Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College offers innovative higher education curriculum in associate degree, certificate and transfer programs, and workforce development and career re-training courses. The college fosters academic and personal success, encouraging students to become critical thinkers and thoughtful global citizens. Glendale Community College is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa Community College District.

About Second Nature
Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. Second Nature is the support organization of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among more than 650 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research, and community engagement to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations.

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