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ERIC Number: EJ859527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Sustainability: Ideas for Training the next Generation of American Workers
Ullman, Ellen
Community College Journal, v80 n2 p12-15 Oct-Nov 2009
In the 20th century, Los Angeles built its reputation as a city of golden excess, enshrouded in smog and traversed by freeways. In the 21st century, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is helping the City of Angels fashion a new reputation--one of sustainable living. From 2001, when the district's board first passed a $1.2 billion ballot to build Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings, to the 2008 passage of a $3.5 billion bond, LACCD has been at the vanguard of higher education sustainability. The district has built or is building more than 90 new facilities that meet or exceed LEED standards. As a Clinton Climate Initiative partner and model for other college campuses, all aspects of sustainability have been sewn into campus planning and process. The campus lawn was converted to a botanic garden with native plants, which has reduced water consumption by 70 percent. Purchasing practices were changed to incorporate manufacturers that use environmentally friendly production methods. Building exteriors were altered to create and store energy, and to require fewer cleaning products, further reducing LACCD's carbon footprint. LACCD has worked to earn its reputation as one of the greenest campuses in the country. LACCD also has embraced fuel-cell technology, is installing small wind turbines appropriate for urban locations, and is experimenting with geothermal heat-exchange systems to capture natural energy. LACCD is not alone in its efforts. This article describes how a number of community colleges across the country have taken a leadership role in developing training for "green" jobs and have broadened nondegree curricula. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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