Pellissippi State wins state environmental stewardship award

Green job training, campus recycling initiatives and sustainable building practices at the new Blount County Campus have garnered Pellissippi State Community College a 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

Gov. Phil Bredesen and Jim Fyke, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, recently announced the state’s 14 award winners. The winners will be recognized for their positive impact on Tennessee’s natural resources at a June 24 ceremony in Nashville.

Pellissippi State won the Green Schools­–Higher Education category.

“This is the first time we have received this award, and we are honored,” said Allen Edwards, president of the college. “A lot of people at the college—students, staff and faculty—have been involved in sustainability initiatives.”

Efforts that contributed to Pellissippi State’s receiving the award:

n The college’s Business and Community Services Division offers a variety of classroom and online training to meet the needs of Tennessee’s growing “green industry.” Among the many training options are solar photovoltaics, home energy audit and green building.

n Students are active in a number of sustainability activities. For example, recent graduate Mary Denman coordinated the school’s participation in the 2010 RecycleMania, a 10-week competition among colleges and universities across the country to promote waste reduction.

n The college’s new Blount County Campus, scheduled to offer classes beginning fall semester, was constructed with an eye toward improving the environment. The campus, located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. Highway 321), includes plentiful parking for bicycles, as well as shower and changing facilities for people riding their bikes to school. The campus also has convenient reserved parking for carpool vehicles and charging stations for alternative fuel vehicles.

The $22 million state-of-the-art campus was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, educational institutions and agencies for outstanding environmental projects and conservation measures.

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