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Awards & Recognition

2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award Finalist

Second Nature Climate Leadership finalist logoFor the third year in a row, GCC has been selected as a finalist for the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)/Second Nature Climate Leadership Award.  The award that recognizes innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation, and institutionalized sustainability at signatory campuses of the ACUPCC.

Finalists will have three opportunities for national publicity. Planet Forward will host a video that GCC creates highlighting our sustainability initiatives. SecondNature.org will feature each finalist in a month-long series on climate leadership around Earth Day, and finalists and their sustainability stories will be recognized at the upcoming ACUPCC Annual Presidential Summit. Winners for each Carnegie Classification will be announced in late Spring 2014.

2013 Valley Metro RideShare Month - Employer Challenge Champion - Extra-Large Employer

In November 2013, GCC’s Green Gauchos Team won over ASU, Honeywell, and Mesa Public Schools for having the most number of participants doing a green commute and for preventing the highest total volume of greenhouse gas emission from polluting the environment.  Team participants logged in alternative mode of transportation they used for a week (bike, walk, carpool, vanpool, telework and taking the bus) in the ShareTheRide system, which calculated the scores at the end of the competition.  GCC had the highest total calories burned as most students and employees either biked or walked to campus.  Carpool and telework were also top alternative choices among them.

2013 Valley Metro Champions for Clean Air - Outstanding Marketing & Creativity for Trip Reduction Program Event or Campaign

In October 2013, GCC Trip Reduction Program was selected as Finalist for the highly successful Go Green Commute campaign.  It highly utilized social media and special events in promoting bicycling as an alternative mode of commuting to campus.  Bike to GCC Week was launched in April, motivating more employees, faculty and students to pedal in to campus to prevent pollution in the Valley while improving their wellness.  Bike enthusiasts and first-time bikers attended Bicycle Commuting Talk where they learned about bike routes and AZ bicycle laws. Efforts toward improvement of bike safety on campus rolled in just in time for Earth Day Celebration.  Winners of the Bike Trivia Challenge were thrilled with prizes they received for their winning green knowledge.

2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award

May 9, 2013. The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation, and institutionalized sustainability at signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Glendale Community College (GCC) was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award for the Associate/Tribal College category for institutional effectiveness in climate leadership. GCC placed second among all participants, first in the Associate/Tribal College category. See our video submission.

2013 Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant

March 5, 2013. The Alcoa Foundation partnered with the national non-profit Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide 75 recycling bins to Glendale Community College in 2013 as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. GCC is one of 35 colleges and universities that received a portion of more than 11,500 recycling bins.

Westmarc Quality of Life Enhancement Award

November 1, 2012. Westmarc, a coalition of business and community leaders in the West Valley, bestows the annual Best of the West awards to recipients who contribute to the image, lifestyle, economic development and growth of the West Valley. Westmarc's Best of the West 2012 named Glendale Community College the winner of the West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award, citing the college's comprehensive pledge of sustainability that involves students, faculty, staff and community members.

Valley Metro Outstanding Trip Reduction Program, Over 500 Employees – Public Employer

October 31, 2012. Glendale Community College had recently implemented a comprehensive, energized Trip Reduction Program (TRP) to reach more than 1,500 employees and 30,000 students. GCC aligned its TRP with the Green Efforts Committee and Sustainability Board. TRP is actively promoted on campus displays, online, and in employee orientations. GCC's transit pass subsidy increased the number of bus riders. Vanpool and carpool interest has soared as one Business/IT professor announced his $200 monthly savings.

2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award

February 28, 2012. The Climate Leadership Awards highlight campus innovation and climate leadership to transition society to a clean, just, and sustainable future, and are chosen from ACUPCC signatory institutions in good standing via a nomination process. This year marked the third annual Climate Leadership Awards.

Glendale Community College (GCC) was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award for the Associate/Tribal College category for institutional effectiveness in climate leadership. See our video submission.

Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola 2010 Recycling Bin Grant

April 22, 2010. Glendale Community College received the Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola 2010 Recycling Bin Grant. Chosen from 1,700 applications submitted, the grant supported the purchase of 75 recycle bins to be placed on campus at GCC and GCCN.

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria, including where bins are likely to have the most impact on recovering beverage containers from the waste stream, ability of recipients to sustain their program into the future, and intent to support collection programs with recycling education and promotion.