What is the Green California Community College Summit?
As Green-Technology describes, the Green California Community College Summit (GCCCS) was designed to respond to key trends and issues arising in our global environment. In an attempt to collaboratively address major issues, creators of the GCCCS created a forum to thoroughly analyze and respond to core issues such as:
- Exploring how to save money by operating a green campus
- Developing a greener curriculum
- Implementing green opportunities for teaching and apprenticeships
- Creating campuses as models for sustainable energy and conservation practices for the entire community
- Providing students with opportunities and exposure to green employment options
Best of all, for individuals ready to embark upon a career in the green labor field, the Los Angeles Community College District hosted a “Green Jobs Fair” along with the events of the summit. Considering that the state is hoping to stimulate its economy through green initiatives, California Community Colleges will play a large role in training students through green programs and filling new eco-jobs, as the system accounts for nearly 79% of the entire state’s higher education students.
The Latest Breakthroughs from the Green California Community College Summit
As Greener Design articulates, “In tough economic times, innovative ideas and new solutions are needed to sustain the growth of the sustainability movement.” During the 2009 summit, advisors, students, and respected members of the green community exhibited the “best practices and the diverse resources available to grow, or begin, green programs.”
Among many of the impressive displays were new technologies developed by the company Eco-Fiber Solutions. Their innovative “corrugated box technology” is comprised of wax and a polystyrene replacement, creating a water resistant box that is 100 percent recyclable. Manufactured from a water-based combination of ingredients, these wax-based boxes proved to be a highly popular commodity, especially considering that today’s common chemically produced, non-recyclable waterproof boxes are growing in cost. Best of all, the Eco-Fiber boxes can be manufactured for nearly the same cost as its environmentally unfriendly counterparts.