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

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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 the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. in room LS-273 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.

Petition for Better Alternative Transportation

Students of Biology and Sustainable Cities, and the Environmental Club, have created a petition for better transportation alternatives to GCC and the other MCCCD campuses.

Sign the petition to support increased light rail/bus access, subsidized passes, and better options for bikes.

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%

2016 RecycleMania: February 7 - April 2, 2016

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GCC is competing in the 2016 RecycleMania tournament from February 7 - April 2, 2016.  During the tournament, 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 have the highest recycling rate. 


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 activities and events, join Green Efforts on Canvas (MEID required). The Canvas site contains project information, meeting minutes, links to resources, and more.