Second Nature Climate Leadership Award Finalist logoGlendale Community College Recognized Among Sustainability Leaders in Higher Education in Second Nature’s “Celebrating Sustainability” Series

Glendale vies for popular vote in Earth Month video competition

Glendale, AZ – March 27, 2013 – Glendale Community College will be recognized in two venues during the month of April as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research, and community engagement.


The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the sustainability initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize GCC on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on April 2.

In tandem with the series, GCC is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. Glendale has produced a video that promotes the campus’s sustainability initiatives, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution in each Carnegie Classification. Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward:  http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards-2013/ .

The GCC campus boasts several accomplishments, including reducing campus waste by 18 percent; infusing sustainability in 100 classes; and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions per square foot by 20 percent with over 30 energy-saving initiatives.

“GCC knows that tomorrow’s leaders on sustainability need training today, and its degree programs offer those skills right now to its growing student body,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “With more than 100 courses infused with sustainability, GCC is carrying out its commitment to make sustainability education part of every student’s experience.”

“Our video was the winner in our Carnegie Classification last year, and we aim to top that this year,” said Polly Laubach, GCC faculty member and leader of the 2013 video submission.

About Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training to approximately 32,000 students annually. The main campus is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale and the North campus is located at 5727 W. Happy Valley Road. Opened in 1965, GCC is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. In the 2012-13 academic year, the district celebrates 50 years of providing accessible and affordable higher education. www.gccaz.edu or www.maricopa.edu.

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 & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Learn more at www.secondnature.org . Contact: Rima Mulla, 617-722-0036 ext. 220  rmulla@secondnature.org .

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. www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org

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