CGCC Students, Classes, Buildings Going Green

Five years ago, the issue of sustainability or going green wasn’t high on the radar of the students or employees at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. These days, the buildings, the classes, and even the students are green.

“The college has embraced sustainability, integrating it across all aspects of what we do – college operations, curriculum, and student life,” said Dr. Linda Lujan, CGCC’s interim president.  “We are re-examining everything we do through a new filter, asking ourselves how we can do it better, smarter, and greener.”

The college is taking a holistic approach to sustainability, Lujan said, starting with college facilities.  CGCC has committed to building all new facilities to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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 Students Collect School Supplies for Burundian Refugees

More than 100 Chandler-Gilbert Community College students helped to provide a sense of welcome and belonging to Burundian refugees who began school and a new life in Arizona this fall.CGCC English faculty Gail Fiattarone said she incorporated a project centering around refugees who have relocated to Phoenix into her classes this fall as part of the college’s “SEE Your World” theme, in which students examine social, environmental, and economic issues affecting the world.“I wanted students in all five of my English classes to actually be involved with seeing the world outside of the East Valley and to become aware of the large refugee community in Phoenix,” Fiattarone said.  

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