Some more Cool Colleges

President Kent Chabotar at Guilford College has signed onto the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, as has Rose Johnson at Haywood Community College.

This brings the number of North Carolina signatories to four.

It is great to see the environmental leadership in Haywood County. Canton and Clyde are Cool Cities, making it just one of three counties in the state with multiple Cool Cities. The Community College not only has made this commitment but is working to reach its goals. You can read about the grant money they have secured to purchase an electric car here.

At Guilford College, where long time Sierra Club leader Kim Yarbray is the sustainability coordinator, they also have a long list of initiatives they will be pursuing:

Work towards adoption of green standards for buildings, following U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction guidelines; Develop geothermal and solar energy projects; and Encourage public transportation.These efforts build on Guilford's ongoing commitment to sustainability, including such efforts as:

Adoption of green cleaning technology; Continued use of public transit systems; Expanded and improved recycling program; Development of water reduction projects; and The recent installation of 12 solar panels on Shore Hall.

You can read the full release from Guilford here.

Colleges and Universities of course produce our next generation of leadership, and it is great to see some of the things they are undertaking.

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