Saturday, November 27, 2010


Citrus College Receives Green Community College Award
by Stacy Armstrong


GLENDORA, CALIF. - Citrus College was recently awarded the Green Campus Award, one of five leadership awards presented during the 2010 Green California Community College Summit.


According to Summit organizers, the college was honored because of the programs and policies it has implemented to address sustainability issues.  These include creating green curricula, implementing green building standards, and waste reduction.


“Citrus College is extremely proud to be the recipient of the Green Campus Award,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “In recent years, we have made great strides toward becoming a greener institution.”


Dr. Perri stated that several important developments have made it possible for Citrus College to become more eco-friendly.


“Our forward-thinking sustainability initiatives, such as our green building standards and waste reduction program, have allowed the college to operate more efficiently,” she said.  “At the same time, the creation of a Solar Preparation pilot program and an Energy Systems Technology program, as well as the introduction of new courses in water conservation and environmental management, has allowed us to meet industry needs and begin educating a green workforce.”


The completion of the Central Plant in 2007 has also helped the college reduce its carbon footprint, Dr. Perri says.  This state-of-the-art heating and cooling system was funded by the Measure G bond passed by voters in 2004, and allows the college to avoid using mechanical equipment during peak electrical usage times.


In addition to enacting policies and procedures to improve sustainability, Citrus College has also encouraged its faculty and staff to take an active role in making the college greener.


“We introduced the Citrus College Green Team in 2008 as a forum for the college community to explore ways to be more environmentally responsible,” said Kim Holland, Citrus College’s director of workforce development and chair of the Green Team.  “We have also provided faculty and staff with many opportunities to become involved in the college’s sustainability efforts, by offering externships in energy, hosting workshops on topics such as Greening Your Curriculum and A Sustainable Approach to Textbooks, presenting environmental awards, and holding events on campus such as our annual Earth Day Celebration.”


Citrus College’s efforts to address environmental issues have not gone unnoticed.  In 2008, the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce presented the college with its Leading the Way in Environment Initiatives Award after it reduced its solid waste by 79.4 percent.  And now, the 2010 Green Community College Summit Leadership Award will be added to the list of recognitions.


“It is quite an honor for Citrus College to be known as a Green Campus.  This award serves as an affirmation of our commitment to improving our environment and would not have been possible without the dedication and talent of Citrus College’s exceptional faculty and staff,” said Dr. Gary L. Woods, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Our hope is that our efforts have been beneficial to Citrus College and its surrounding communities, as well as to the entire planet.”






Green Award