Sustainability represents the awareness that our choices, actions and practices affect the well-being of the next generation. It underscores a commitment to global stewardship of resources. As a member of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, GCC joins the Maricopa Community College District in leading efforts to create sustainable practices and programs in higher-education institutions. In 2011, President Irene Kovala, on behalf of the GCC community, signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, pledging GCC to carbon neutrality by 2025.
The list of our green efforts at the main campus and at North is impressive: xeriscape, locally-sourced building materials, environmentally-friendly chemicals and cleaners, a fleet of hybrid vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations, sensors to reduce energy and resource usage, LEED-designed buildings, e-cycling events, co-mingled recycling bins and a paper-reduction pledge. GCC has won awards for many of these efforts.
In 2013, Environment Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow Sudatta Ray submitted the results of her 10-week study of energy consumption on campus.
The GCC Green Efforts Committee and the Sustainability Board are two groups on campus who lead our activities to incorporate practical, sustainable ideas in the administration and teachings of the college.