Hillsborough Community College was recently selected as the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Community College's (AACC) Green Genome Award. The award recognizes the college's accomplishments as a leader in sustainability. HCC was the sole recipient in the comprehensive category; recognition of its holistic approach to sustainability in four key areas: community engagement, governance, program design and delivery, and strategic partnerships.
As part of the review process, an AACC auditor conducted a site visit of HCC on August 22 and met with HCC leadership, HCC’s Sustainability Council, the Institute of Florida Studies, and students, faculty, and staff from each campus. She also toured the Ybor Campus Workforce Development Center and the SouthShore LEED Gold Campus. Her visit ended with interactive discussions and presentations from our community and business partners to confirm if sustainability was in fact a “part of our DNA.” HCC's Sustainability Council leaders, Dr. Sudeep Vyapari and Dr. Ginger Clark, accepted the award on behalf of the HCC community at a ceremony in Racine, Wisconsin, on October 3.
Now that all eyes are on HCC as a sustainability leader in higher education, it is more important than ever to uphold this reputation. To accomplish this, members of the College’s Sustainability Council will continue to facilitate the collective efforts of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners. In just three years, these efforts were validated by the AACC through this national award. Moving forward, we will continue to gain efficiencies in energy and waste reduction while addressing the challenges inherent as a large, commuter school. This will all be done with a focus on the integration of sustainability across the curriculum. To read more about the college’s Green Genome Award, please click here:
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HCC students at 2012 Green Leaders Retreat in Everglades National Park: airboating to explore the wild Florida
HCC students participating in the 2012 Earth Day activities: impacting local and global communities
HCC students at 2012 Green Leaders Retreat in Everglades National Park: close encounters to explore the wild Florida