Friday, November 02, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873



Citrus College Sustainability Template Now Available Statewide
by Stacy Armstrong


A sustainability template developed at Citrus College is now available throughout the state’s community college system.


The result of a partnership between Citrus College, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Energy Commission, this new template was designed to create a roadmap that will allow the state’s 112 community colleges to move toward sustainability while addressing California Global Warming Solutions Act mandates.


The California Community Colleges Sustainability Template was created at Citrus College in 2011 and was successfully demonstrated and refined throughout the spring 2012 semester.  It was recently made available to the entire California Community College System and can be accessed online at


Because of its involvement in the production of this new sustainability template, Citrus College recently received a 2012 Leadership Award at the Green Community Colleges Summit.  The college was also presented with the inaugural California Community Colleges Board of Governors Energy & Sustainability District Leadership Award in May 2012 for its work on the template.


“It has been such an incredible honor for Citrus College to pioneer the California Community College system’s sustainability efforts,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “Developing a system-wide template for sustainability has been an enlightening and rewarding process that has allowed us to build upon the successful green initiatives that Citrus College already has in place.”


In early 2011, Citrus College used money from a $285,000 grant from the Public Utilities Commission to hire the energy and engineering firm Newcomb Anderson McCormick to oversee the creation of the template.  At the same time, a college committee composed of faculty, staff and students was created to aid in the project’s development. 


Throughout the process, an advisory council comprised of Chancellor’s Office representatives, personnel from other community colleges and additional stakeholders provided input and recommendations.


“This project has definitely been an exercise in collaboration,” Dr. Perri said.  “Many people have invested their time, energy and creativity into this endeavor.  Knowing that the fruit of our labor is not only benefitting Citrus College, but our state system as a whole is extremely gratifying.”


According to a memo issued by Frederick E. Harris, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the California Community College System, the template focuses on planning, greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and programs to prepare students for careers in green technology.  It is designed to help colleges develop their own goals, objectives, timelines and criteria for sustainability.  


“Districts and campuses can use the template as a menu of possibilities and should prioritize their efforts based on college-specific goals and objectives, areas of interest, capabilities and available resources,” Harris wrote in the memo.  “The template provides tools for the development of action plans to achieve sustainability and to measure results of program implementation.  Above all, the process is designed to be inclusive and collaborative and should involve college students, faculty, and staff in its implementation.”


The California Community Colleges Sustainability Template is one of several resources now available on the Chancellor’s Office website.  Also included is a Sustainability Toolkit, a video of the template presentation, and the individual sustainability plans from both Citrus College and the San Bernardino Community College District.


“The California Community College System Board of Governors has said that their goal is to see all of the state’s community colleges utilize the new sustainability template,” said Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “It is exciting to know that Citrus College has played a major leadership role in helping to guide the state’s community colleges toward a greener future.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873