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Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to help stem global warming and rainforest decimation? If so, a green career may be for you. Community colleges around the country are offering programs in sustainable energy, from solar panels to wind turbines. From biodiesel to energy storage, explore your green career options here.
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Eco-Friendly Innovations From The Green California Community College Summit
The Green California Community College Summit offered the latest developments in eco-friendly technology, jobs, and trends.
Held in Pasadena, the Green California Community College Summit exhibited some of the latest and greatest “go-green” technologies.  According to Greener Design, “California’s community colleges are home to some of nation’s most ambitious green building, renewable energy and green curriculum initiatives.” 
 
As one of the most admired states for its innovative eco-efforts, California is receiving incredible praise for their advancements, research, and incorporation of greener designs and utilities. 
 
In this video, Alan Glass, who directs sustainability programs for the Pittsburg Unified School District, speaks about the importance and value of the Expo at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit.
 

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
Focusing on all aspects of the “go-green” market, GCCCS provided attendants with information on green building, energy efficiency, green facilities and operations, and other eco-friendly topics. 

Best of all, for individuals ready to embark upon a career in the green labor
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How to Go Organic at Community College
Learn about how community colleges across the nation are offering organic gardening classes, as well as opportunities to grow your own organic crops!
While organic foods are healthier than their pesticide-laden counterparts, organic options are typically far more expensive. To help students become healthier – while saving money – a rising number of community colleges are now offering organic gardening classes.
 
The Benefits of Organic Gardening
 
As The Daily Vidette reports, a rising number of consumers are embracing the many benefits of organic foods. Specifically, not only are organic foods grown without harmful chemicals, but these foods also contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown crops. In addition, organic foods tend to have more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.   
 
This video describes the benefits of organic gardening.
 
 
Since conventional farming and gardening methods utilize fertilizers and chemicals to boost the yield of food growth, these vegetables and fruits are robbed of many of their natural healthy compounds. By avoiding these potentially less healthy foods, consumers adhering to an organic lifestyle can experience perks such as:
  • Decreased risk of various cancers
  • Decreased toxins in the body
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Decreased signs of body aches/headaches/ general pains
  • Additional health and wellness benefits
Community College Organic Programs
 
Although organic foods are certainly healthier than their conventional options, many individuals are frustrated with the higher cost of these products. Typically, organic foods are priced about 10 to 20 percent more than traditionally farmed produce. 
 
This video describes the farming program at Clackamas Community College.
 
 
To help ameliorate this burden, community colleges are now offering courses to teach students about the effective processes and methods for maturing healthy organic foods. For example, Central Piedmont
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How Community Colleges are Cutting Costs with New Resources
Learn about how community colleges across the nation are reducing their campus costs by incorporating eco-friendly and green technologies.
To mitigate the soaring costs of a college education, schools are striving to dramatically cut back on expenses in order to provide more affordable tuition for students. Fortunately, although educational costs are on the rise, new technologies are serving to fight back the expenses! 
 
With an array of new tools and resources that can help lower a school’s energy and maintenance costs, community colleges across the country are embracing newer and revolutionary methods on their campuses.
 
How Green Technologies are Cutting the Costs of Community College
 
One of the fundamental ways in which schools are striving to save dollars on the costs of community college operations is through the implementation of solar energy. Specifically, as evident at North Shore Community College, located in Lynn, Massachusetts, leaders are installing new solar panels on the roof of one of its prominent campus building. With this innovative installation, these solar panels will help produce 3 percent of the school’s entire energy needs. Ultimately, this energy production will equate to approximately 74,726 kW each year! With both federal and state-funded support, North Shore is optimistic that their solar panels will help to cut costs and ecological wastes for all students on campus. 
 
In addition to specifically implementing solar energy plans, many schools are striving to create a more holistic approach to going green to save money. For example, according to Green California Community College Summit, leaders are creating informative programs and seminars to teach community college students and faculty about the benefits of going green. Through interactive sessions, the summit focuses on
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Learning the Eco-Friendly Way:  Community College Nature-Based Studies and Environmental Clubs
Explore how community colleges are pioneering the “green” trend and learn about new environmental protection clubs and exciting nature classes.
As the demand to “go green” seems to be growing in relevance in recent years, many community college students are implementing actions to promote environmental change and progress by creating clubs and organizations to improve their local environments. Adding to this, community college leaders have also created programs and courses to help educate students on the importance of nature-based learning through environmental studies.
 
 
Students at Lewis and Clark Community College have easy and convenient access to learning more about environmentally-friendly initiatives and actions, as LCCC has established a “Green Living Club” to teach students and members about the importance of living an eco-responsible lifestyle. As LCCC’s “Green Living Club” asserts, “The Green Living Club is dedicated to the education and promotion of a green, eco-friendly lifestyle on and off campus. There are so many ways that individuals can help protect the planet.” 
 
 
The club strives to inform students and local residents about significant and current environmental issues, while the club simultaneously strives to encourage people to live greener lifestyles by taking a hands-on part in improving the green-focus of LCCC’s campus. 
 
 
In addition to an array of programs and courses, Suffolk Community College maintains its ecological focus by providing students and residents with a Nature Reserve. With miles of trails and preserve areas, individuals can explore the Nature Reserve to observe all of the wildlife species, trees, shrubs, and other flora fauna. Suffolk Community College initially purchased the Nature
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Renewable Energy Creates Opportunities for Community College Students
Learn how community colleges are evolving to provide opportunities in the growing fields of renewable energy.
As the demand for environmentally valuable technologies is rising, community colleges across the country are implementing programs to provide students with the skills and knowledge to compete in the future "green collar" job force
 
According to The Times Herald-Record, a "green collar" job is a job that "has been upgraded to address the environmental changes of our country."  Generated by the need for energy efficiency, careers in fields of energy auditors, weatherization workers, solar electric and water installers, and insulation installers, are all jobs that are projected to be in high demand. 
 
Since the demand is already on the rise, there is already a need for millions of "green collar" workers, and the training demands are immediate.  Acknowledging this increasing demand, community colleges are implementing revolutionary programs to prepare students for careers as "green collar" workers in fields of renewable energy.  With competitive pay and incredible demand, students are eager to join programs that will lead to sustainable and valuable careers after college. 
 
Community Colleges Gaining Newsworthy Recognition
 
While community colleges across the country are implementing renewable and green collar programs, Cape Fear Community College, Cape Cod Community College, and Columbia George Community College are just three of the many institutions that have gained media attention for their newsworthy programs and course offerings.
 
 
In Wilmington North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College's Engineering Department has developed a renewable energy lab.  Focusing on the research and use of hydrogen fuel cells, solar panel innovations, and wind energy, the department
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