EPA Taps Georgia Perimeter for Sustainability Education

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Georgia Perimeter College and EPA to Collaborate on ‘Green’ Initiatives

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, has selected Georgia Perimeter College as the nation’s flagship community college institution to develop an environmental sustainability education program for the federal agency. The EPA will use GPC as a model to develop sustainability missions for a consortium of community colleges that will become models for sustainability in their respective states.

On  Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., GPC will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA to formalize this relationship. The college also will officially open its new Southeastern Institute for Sustainability during the event.

“Collaborating with the EPA is an important step for our college. The agreement with the EPA will strengthen the sustainability efforts already in place at GPC to create new opportunities for our faculty and students, and our public and private partners in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, president of Georgia Perimeter College.

“The EPA is pleased to partner with Georgia Perimeter College to equip our nation’s future leaders with the tools to be successful environmental stewards and protectors of human health,” said Gwen Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator or EPA Region 4. “With this agreement, we can create enthusiasm and a greater appreciation for the environment and generate interest in environmental careers."

Over the next two years, the EPA Region 4 and GPC will develop an Environmental Science Partnership Program to develop culturally diverse and qualified graduates to address current and future environmental challenges. The EPA will also use the resources of the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning at GPC to create service learning and civic engagement opportunities for faculty and students that address the issues of environmental sustainability and environmental justice in the region. It also will develop partnerships between GPC and K-12 schools focused on environmental issues.

According to Tricoli, “The EPA will offer technical support for GPC’s energy efficiency, recycling, and green building initiatives, develop joint research projects between the college and EPA, provide experts for the development of environmental curriculum and access to training programs offered by the EPA, and give students access to paid and unpaid internships and service opportunities with the EPA, including those focused on air and radiation, pesticides and toxins; ground and drinking water and waste and recovery, among others. The internships will not be limited to science and engineering majors only, but shall also be provided to students in other disciplines such as sociology, and political science.”

“This partnership with the EPA places Georgia Perimeter College at the top of all two-year institutions nationally in sustainability education, and strengthens our ability to infuse issues of environmental sustainability into every area of our curriculum to ultimately share our knowledge with other two-year institutions,” Tricoli said.

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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 www.gpc.edu.