Guam – Guam Community College is featured in “The Community College Green Genome Framework: Integrating Sustainability and Clean Technology Workforce Development into an Institution’s DNA,” a national guide and institutional self-assessment document highlighting community college sustainability efforts around the nation.
GCC’s mention comes on page 16 of the document*, in the section covering “Community Engagement.” The “Indicator in Action” section highlight’s the College’s establishment of the Eco-Warriors, a nonprofit student organization also open to community members. “GCC Eco-Warriors’ recycling kept nearly 300 pounds of aluminum and plastics out of Guam’s landfill. Eco-Warriors conduct eco-tours to showcase the sustainability features of the learning resource center on campus, which serves as a model for the island community,” the section states.
[ Michael Fuzumi, GCC Ecowarriors 2013-2014 president, and Ray Hiroshi, member, highlight an Aluminum Cans Only sign on a recycling bin at GCC after having cleaned out garbage mixed in with the cans.]
“We are excited and proud that ‘The Community College Green Genome Framework’ has highlighted our students’ efforts with regard to sustainability. We promote sustainability not only through our students’ efforts and our LEED buildings; but also, we try to promote self-sustainability for our students, providing them with marketable skills such as photovoltaic installer, that they can use to build a career,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president/CEO. “It’s an honor that in D.C., they notice what we are doing out here in the western Pacific,” Okada added.
The Green Genome Framework is the product of The Kresge Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and the SEED (Sustainability, Education & Economic Development) Center, an AACC initiative. It is designed to help community colleges expand their local green economies by aligning green-focused workforce education programs with other campus and community sustainability initiatives. The framework can also help colleges to gauge their sustainability efforts today and show them where to prioritize future investments.
More than 50 community colleges and a national advisory panel made up of industry representatives, the U.S. Department of Energy, and other national experts collaborated to develop the Green Genome Framework.
[GCC Ecowarriors separated recyclables from trash at the GovGuam Labor Day picnic at Ypao Park on Sept. 1, 2013].