PCC Sustainability Recognized with APPA Award for Excellence
Portland Community College has been honored by APPA: Leadership in Education Facilities with the 2016 national Sustainability Award for community colleges. The award is designed to recognize and advance sustainability excellence in educational facilities and to applaud the integration of sustainable policies and “green” practices throughout all facets of an organization.
Among the college’s many sustainability efforts, some of those highlighted with the award include:
- A strong commitment to sustainability and climate action as outlined in the school Mission, Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan;
- Innovative waste management practices including on-site composting and mini trash cans;
- Commitment to LEED certification for all new construction;
- Best practices in energy management and efficiency upgrades resulting in over 60% energy savings;
- Efforts to educate and engage the college community through outreach including an annual Eco Challenge and events;
- Curriculum and hands-on educational opportunities like learning gardens, as well as a Sustainability Focus Award;
- Student leadership in sustainability efforts including The Green Initiative Fund; and
- Measuring and reducing scope III emissions through sustainable purchasing, alternative transportation and green cleaning.
Tony Ichsan, PCC’s Facilities Director, and Briar Schoon, the College’s Sustainability Manager, traveled to Nashville, Tenn., the week of July 11 to attend APPA’s annual conference and receive the award. The college’s achievements in sustainability will also be featured in the upcoming Facilities Manager magazine.