Lane Community College was named as one of five winners of The American Association of Community Colleges Green Genome Award on October 1.

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s more than 1,100 community, junior, and technical colleges and their more than 13 million students.

The Green Genome Awards, created by AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center, are evaluated in four key areas critical to holistic green college transformation:

• Community engagement

• Governance

• Program design & delivery

• Strategic partnerships

Lane is recognized by AACC specifically for governance. Lane‘s dedication to sustainability is highlighted in its focus on infusing these concepts into the structure of college policies and procedures.

“We try to look at decisions that we make and everything we do through a sustainability lens,” Lane President Mary Spilde said. “What’s this doing for the environment? What’s it doing for the economy? What’s it doing for social justice? What is it doing for learning? Every part of the campus is an opportunity to practice sustainability.”

Lane was the only college on the West Coast to be presented with an award.

The college will be awarded $7,500, a set of state-of-the-art Bahco brand Snap-on tools that will benefit sustainability activities such as Bike Lane which loans bikes to students; plus horticulture equipment for use in the college’s Learning Garden. The awards are sponsored by Snap-on.

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