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Green Genome Awards

What are the Green Genome Awards?

The inaugural Green Genome Awards were presented on October 2012 at the Community College & Industry Partnerships Summit in Wisconsin to honor exemplary community colleges nationwide that have taken a strategic leadership role in sustainability and green economic and workforce development.

- Read about the 2014 Award Recipients! 

Which colleges won the awards in 2012, and why?

The winning colleges recognized for their achievements within the four categories include:

Hear from the winners themselves in this video.


Inaugural Green Genome Award Winners with AACC and Snap-on representatives

What do winners receive?

Each winner will receive $8,000 in cash, plus a set of state-of-the-art Bahco brand Snap-on tools and horticulture equipment. The funds from the award may be used to support the college’s enhancement, expansion, or creation of a practice or program related to green workforce development and sustainability.

Where can I find more information?

Accompanying the awards is the release of a report entitled, The Community College Green Genome Framework: Integrating Sustainability and Clean Technology Workforce Development Into an Institution’s DNA. This tool for colleges details the new Green Genome framework, paths for success, and offers profiles of the winning colleges.

This resource made possible with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation