College Honored For Green Office Initiative
December 11, 2015
Joe Zlomek, The Post
KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Montgomery County Community College earned an award Monday (Dec. 7, 2015) from a Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association foundation, for the college’s “green office initiative,” which promotes sustainable purchasing and practices in its workplace.
The recognition was one of 32 “Star Awards” presented by the Communities in Motion foundation presented to acknowledge projects, plans and people who demonstrate leadership in sustainability planning and implementation.
Through careful implementation, and using internal marketing and promotion efforts, the college initiative has grown grew from just four offices during its 2012 pilot semester to 11 participating areas in Fall 2015. Besides reducing its environmental impact by buying and using recycled and sustainable materials, the effort also reduces costs. The college estimates it has saved about $50,000 over three years.
This year’s Star Award is only the latest honor for the initiative. The college previously received a “Green Spend Award” for “Highest Increase in Green Purchases” from the Philadelphia Collegiate Cooperative. It also earned Office Depot’s national “Corporate Green Award.”
Within the next five years, the college said it hopes to introduce a “green classroom certification program.”