Green Efforts is a committee at GCC working to become carbon-neutral by 2025.

Green Efforts

We are students, faculty, staff and community members working toward a more sustainable campus in order to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.  Learn more about Maricopa's Global Sustainability Initiative.

Green Efforts Meeting Times

The Green Efforts committee holds monthly meetings to discuss sustainability, recycling, and awareness of environmental issues at Glendale Community College. The committee welcomes anyone interested in green efforts, including GCC administration, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

GCC Commits to Protect Climate

  • In February 2010, Chancellor Glasper signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to pledge all of Maricopa to become carbon neutral. GCC's Greenhouse Gas Inventory is now complete. Please join us this year as we develop our Climate Action Plan.
  • To become carbon neutral by 2025, GCC must reduce from the two largest sources:
  • Commuting to and from campus - 51% (students, faculty & staff)
  • Electrical power purchased to run campus - 37%

2017 RecycleMania:  February 5 - April 1, 2017

  • GCC is competing in the 2017 RecycleMania tournament from February 5 - April 1, 2017.
  • RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or has the highest recycling rate overall.
  • GCC placed 3 out of 114 in the 2016 Waste Minimization competition.

Green Gaucho Guide:  Commingled Recycling


Over the past 4 years, Green Efforts members have worked to provide recycling services in all classrooms, common areas, hallways, and employee workareas.  GCC has received two grant awards that provided 150 recycle bins for our campuses.  In Spring 2013, recycle bins were added to every employee office space in preparation for campus conversion to Zero Waste.  It's now time to focus on what goes in the blue bins.  The Green Gaucho Guide:  Commingled Recycling contains a list of items that are recyclable on campus and items that are not.  Know your recyclables and help reduce contamination in our recycle bins.

Zero Waste Program

zero.pngThe Zero Waste Program is an initiative to reduce waste, maximize recycling, and reduce consumption. On America Recycles Day (November 15th), President Kovala reiterated her support for the Zero Waste initiative and announced campus-wide implementation by August 2014.  All office spaces have been converted to Zero Waste (7-gallon recycle bin + 1-gallon waste bin).

Get Involved!

Are you interested in discussing sustainability, recycling, and awareness of environmental issues at GCC? Green Efforts is open to students, employees, and members of the community. For updated information on meetings, activities, and events, join Green Efforts on Canvas (MEID required). The Canvas site contains project information, meeting minutes, links to resources, and more.