GPC Receives Coveted Green Award02/03/2012
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy
For Immediate Release
Georgia Perimeter College was awarded the coveted Keep DeKalb Beautiful Green Business Sirius Award during the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting January 26.
The award is given to businesses in DeKalb County for outstanding achievement in environmental sustainability practices and leadership.
“We are proud to be recognized by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for our efforts to create a sustainable campus and incorporate sustainability throughout our curriculum,” said Dr. Anthony Tricoli, GPC’s president. “This award also is a testament to our commitment to developing a culture at GPC where our students have the opportunity to learn how to be good stewards of our environment both in the classroom and in our community, locally or globally.”
Georgia Perimeter College was recognized for its sustainable practices in waste reduction and nontraditional recycling, energy and lighting efficiency, water efficient landscaping and alternative fuel/mass transportation efforts. That includes an ongoing energy management plan that currently saves about $100,000 a year in energy costs, said Scott Hardy, GPC’s director of facilities and operations. “Over the past few years our college has increased enrollment, and increased square footage—but reduced its energy footprint,’ Hardy said.
GPC also was lauded for creating the Southeastern Institute for Sustainability. The new institute was formed by Dr. Tricoli after faculty and staff identified crucial sustainability objectives for the college.
The institute and its director, Dr. Joanne Chu, will advocate integrating sustainable principles and practices across the college curriculum, campus operations and student activities, and is responsible for community outreach to promote the principles of environmental sustainability and sustainable development. “This new Institute will grow to be an important part of the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning,” said Dr. Tricoli.
“This award is the result of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce partnering with Keep DeKalb Beautiful to offer businesses an opportunity to participate in the Keep DeKalb Beautiful Green Business Program,” said Leonardo McClarty, president of the DeKalb Chamber. “The Green Business Program rewards DeKalb County businesses for their outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability. Businesses affiliated with the Keep DeKalb Beautiful Green Business program care about the environment and the protection of our natural resources, while valuing customers and actively working to create a clean and aesthetically pleasing experience for patrons and employees.”
“Look for great things to come from our new Institute,” said Dr. Tricoli, “we’re on the cutting edge of green advocacy in higher education in our nation, and our work is just about to blossom in some very good ways for the communities we serve.”
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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 26,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit http://www.gpc.edu