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ERIC Number: ED520114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-12
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building a Sustainable Future and Green Workforce
Feldbaum, Mindy
Academy for Educational Development
The emerging transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy holds great promise for economic growth and prosperity, innovation, and job creation. New green technologies and discoveries--coupled with new demand and forward-thinking public policies that advance sustainability and encourage public-private investments--are starting to transform the economic landscape as products, services, and jobs are reoriented toward a greener future. Community colleges are at the forefront of this growing momentum for action on climate change, sustainability, and green workforce development. Across the country, colleges are exercising leadership and meeting their social mandate to create a thriving, healthy society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, creating living classrooms on campuses, integrating sustainability principles into curricula, and educating and preparing workers for new, reoriented, or emerging jobs in the clean energy economy. This report examines the growing role of community colleges in a low-carbon, clean energy economy, and: (1) provides examples of innovative strategies and practices used by community colleges to address climate change, environmental stewardship, and green workforce development; (2) offers information on the fastest growing sectors and jobs in the clean energy/green economy that provide strategic opportunities for community colleges and their students; (3) stimulates the dialogue on the role of community colleges in creating a sustainable future; and (4) presents useful Web sites and resources for further information. Appendices include: (1) Web Sites on Climate Change and Promoting Sustainability; and (2) Web Sites on Educating and Preparing a Green Workforce. (Contains 37 endnotes.) [This paper was written with Hollyce States.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development