Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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

Citrus College to Receive Second Green Schools and Colleges Leadership Award
by Stacy Armstrong

Citrus College will receive a 2012 Leadership Award at the Green Community Colleges Summit on Thursday, September 27 in Pasadena, California.

According to event organizers, the summit is the nation’s most significant community college event focused on building, managing and teaching in high performance, environmentally safe classrooms and campuses.  Every year, five leadership awards are presented to California community colleges as a way to recognize outstanding accomplishments in sustainability.  Categories include teacher, school district, green campus, energy and curriculum.

Citrus College will be receiving the 2012 Leadership Award for Energy during the summit.

“We are extremely proud to be the recipient of the energy award,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “We have a commitment to sustainability and have made great strides toward becoming a greener institution.  Receiving recognition for these efforts is always gratifying.”

This will be the second time in three years that the Green Community Colleges Summit has recognized Citrus College.  In 2010, they presented the college with the Green Campus Leadership Award. 

Citrus College’s efforts to become more environmentally responsible have also been recognized by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce in recent years.

“Our forward-thinking sustainability initiatives, such as our green building standards and waste reduction program, have helped establish us as a leader in sustainability,” Perri said. 

Citrus College was nominated for the 2012 Leadership Award for Energy by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.  The college was selected to be a recipient because of its work in developing a new sustainability template, which will help guide California’s community colleges toward a more environmentally-friendly future.

Made possible by a $285,000 grant from the Public Utilities Commission, the purpose of the template is to provide a roadmap allowing the colleges to move toward sustainability, while also addressing the greenhouse mandates under the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).  The template is now available to the state’s 112 community colleges through the State Chancellor’s Office.

“It is our hope that this template will enable Citrus College to pave the way to a greener future – not only for our college and our colleagues, but for California as a whole,” said Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.

According to Montgomery, many people are responsible for Citrus College’s Leadership Award for Energy.

“It is a great source of pride that we are consistently honored for our sustainability efforts,” she said.  “This award serves as an affirmation of the hard work that the entire college community has invested in improving our environment.  It would not have been possible without the dedication and talent of Citrus College’s exceptional faculty and staff.”



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