GCC RE/EE Program Commended by White House Energy Report
Posted on Monday May 12th 2014
Along with five other community colleges, GCC has been recognized for its programs in renewable energy by the White House’s Solar Progress Report: Advancing Toward a Clean Energy Future, released Friday morning. Greenfield Community College President Robert L. Pura is pleased that the college has been acknowledged on this national stage.
“We are of course honored by President Obama’s recognition of GCC’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency program. We have long known of the quality of that program, the impact it has on the lives of our students, and so too the community,” said Dr. Pura. “I am personally thrilled for and proud of the very fine educators who have developed and now sustain that program. Teresa Jones, Brain Adams, Peter Talmage, Mike Kocsmiersky, Christine Copeland, Peter Rosnick and Mary Ellen Fydenkevez, along with the many students involved are local heroes who now have been recognized for the day to day passion they bring to their students, their field of study, the college and the community we serve. Their work is helping to build a more socially and environmentally just planet.”
The college was notified Friday morning by the Office of Congressman James McGovern that the report would include a reference to Greenfield Community College. “This national report recognizes what we have all known locally for years: Greenfield Community College’s renewable energy curriculum is providing our community with a world class education focusing on the technology of the future,” said U.S. Representative Jim McGovern. “I am extremely proud that GCC was recognized as one of six community colleges nationwide for their efforts to train a skilled workforce that will support the growth of solar deployment across the Commonwealth and the country.”
Download the White House report: Solar Progress Report: Advancing Toward a Clean Energy Future