Competing for Green Title
Glendale Community College is Finalist in Competition to Find Higher Education’s Most Innovative Climate Leaders
Glendale Community College is a finalist in the 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among US colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). It is the only institution in Arizona to be a finalist in this year's competition.
The awards program is sponsored by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education, and Planet Forward, an organization that engages innovators and publishes compelling ideas for some of society’s biggest challenges.
“Being nominated again for the third year in a row is a distinct honor, and acknowledges our commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025 and to promoting sustainable practices as both a lifestyle choice and a career choice,” said Dr. Irene Kovala, president of Glendale Community College.
"The impacts of climate change are being felt at all scales and among all people across the U.S. and the World, and our colleges and universities are clearly at the forefront of identifying solutions, and providing the next generation of responsible and pioneering leaders,” said David Hales, President of Second Nature. “This year we are seeing the most innovative and exciting projects yet, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize these institutions and their work.”
This year, the award program’s fifth, drew the largest and most competitive pool of nominations to date. Second Nature will partner with Planet Forward, a web-to-television initiative that documents and shares energy, climate, and sustainability advances, in a public voting competition featuring the finalists’ climate leadership and campus innovations during Earth Month (April 2014).
The awards will feature a public, online voting component. Each of the 20 finalists will be invited to produce a video that promotes its specific sustainability efforts. Voting will be open during Earth Month, April 2014. Approximately 50,000 votes were cast during last year’s voting. The Second Nature Board of Directors will then choose the award winners in late Spring 2014. More information on the awards is at www.secondnature.org/awards.