A Newsletter for Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Greenfield Community College and the GCC Foundation
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Presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Leading by Example Awards recognize outstanding efforts among individuals, Commonwealth agencies, public higher education institutions, and municipalities that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable energy and environmental benefits.

An electric car is charged at one of GCC's car charging stations

An electric car is charged at one of GCC’s car charging stations

Greenfield Community College was among 10 recipients of a “Leading by Example” award presented by the state in October recognizing efforts to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling, the use of renewable energy and other clean energy and environmental quality initiatives. A Green Campus Committee established in 2004 embraces the mission to reduce campus environmental impacts, while four environmental academic programs recognize the connections between issues of sustainability. In addition, GCC’s facilities achievements include installation of a high efficiency HVAC system, energy efficient lighting and heating system controls, a new pellet boiler, a solar thermal array and a 77 kW solar PV system.

Students plant a permaculture garden outside of GCC's near net zero greenhouse

Students plant a permaculture garden outside of GCC’s near net zero greenhouse