The SEED Center

2014 Green Genome


We are excited to announce the 2014 Green Genome winners! These five colleges live within the Green Genome Framework. Take the Genome Self-Assessment to explore your college’s strengths.

Learn more: Read the press release and the Community College Daily article.

Gateway Technical College (Wisconsin) – Category: Strategic Partnerships

Gateway Technical College is poised to meet the needs of the green economy with more than 400 committed industry partners who advise on workforce and market trends. Their feedback helps with curriculum design and filing labor gaps as evidenced by Gateway’s collaboration with Snap-on to create a certification program for high-demand wind technology technicians. Its regional impact reaches the business community through sustainability seminars and connects with four-year universities through transfer agreements, which truly build paths to clean energy jobs.

Moraine Valley Community College (Illinois) – Category: Design & Delivery

Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in Illinois brings sustainability into every classroom through its innovative Greening Your Curriculum – Prairie Project (GYC-PP) initiative. The college comprehensively infuses sustainability principles across all academic disciplines by teaching faculty members how to integrate critical concepts and practices in their coursework. A true leader in the field, MVCC’s shares its highly replicable GYC-PP curriculum, framework, and metrics online to serve as a model for other institutions.

McHenry County College (Illinois) – Category: Community Engagement

The McHenry County College (MCC) has a proven track record of well-attended sustainability events and educational programming that reach an enthusiastic community on its campus and beyond. Through continuing education, MCC offers classes on topics from rain gardens to hydroponics. Its free “power hours” teach solar energy basics and incentives for homes and businesses. With more than 45,000 subscribers for its recycling and green products guidebook and a 30 percent bump in its Green Living Expo attendance — MCC is fostering a true green community.

Lane Community College (Oregon) – Category: Governance

For more than 20 years, Lane Community College (LCC) has been incorporating sustainability into its institutional structure, facilities, and curriculum. By signing the Talloires Declaration, the college committed to sustainability education, operations, and outreach. Its clear policies and implementation plans, which range from following LEED standards to moving toward carbon neutrality, sets a path for meeting its goals. LLC established the Institute for Sustainable Practices to tie curriculum and practices to sustainability and dedicated staff and funds to sustainability, which puts resources behind its values.

Greenfield Community College (Massachusetts) – Overall Winner

Greenfield Community College (GCC) brings science, equity, and workforce development together to prepare students for careers in sustainability. At GCC, the workforce development and academic departments design the renewable energy/energy efficiency and agriculture curriculum, and incumbent workers and degree-seekers learn beside each other. Labor data and industry expertise inform cutting-edge curriculum and GCC’s green campus offers a living laboratory. Students build skills by exploring on-campus geothermal systems, energy-efficient building retrofits, and more. Off-campus, more than 90 business and community partners offer internship, job, and service project opportunities. Learn more about Greenfield Community College’s award winning program HERE.

– Read About Last Year’s Winners! (PDF)

*Photo2013 Winner, Butte College, celebrates with their state-of-the-art Bahco brand Snap-on tools and horticulture equipment.