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Greenville Tech recognized nationally in sustainability education

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Greenville Technical College has been recognized nationally as an innovator in sustainability education by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and its Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center. This puts the college in the company of 22 colleges across the country that are leaders in green/sustainable programming.

"Being recognized for sustainability is important to us because protecting resources matters," said Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Tech.  "Sustainability is being able to last and flourish.  As Greenville Technical College celebrates 50 years in this community, that's what we're all about. We were established in 1962 to be an economic resource preparing the labor market for an increase and diversification of the state's industrial base. Since that time the college has been a part of Greenville County's transformation from a textile hub to a leading business community."

Recognition was based on changes in the way the college educates and operates. Green building science has been incorporated into the Architectural and Construction Engineering Technology programs, which include a new Solar Technician Certificate. The college also offers an Outdoor Living and Learning Laboratory along the Reedy River providing a contextualized learning experience for students through sustainable curriculum modules. 

Many short-term courses are also offered in the "green jobs" category through the college's Corporate and Career Development Division for continuing learners. These offerings include everything from the basics of green building to more comprehensive offerings such as the Green Supply Chain Certificate.
  
Greenville Tech's infrastructure has changed, too, as the first LEED Silver certified building was celebrated late last year, and certification will be sought for a second building soon. These certifications indicate efficiency with water and energy usage along with use of building materials that have little impact on the environment. 

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