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Central Community College recognized for being environmentally sustainable

The college is being named to the 2022 ‘Princeton Guide to Green Colleges’ for their many...
The college is being named to the 2022 ‘Princeton Guide to Green Colleges’ for their many efforts to promote an environmentally-friendly campuses.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 10:51 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Central Community College was recently recognized for having a sustainable campus. The college is being named to the 2022 ‘Princeton Guide to Green Colleges’ for their many efforts to promote an environmentally-friendly campuses.

Some of the CCC locations are entirely powered using either wind and/or solar energy, they have a total of four pollinator gardens, a ‘Students 4 Sustainability’ club, on-campus recycling and more.

Benjamin Newton, environmental sustainability director for the college, said being recognized by such a large entity set a good example.

“That’s showing you know, others in the community that central Nebraska is one of the leaders in sustainability, it’s not just happening on the east or west coast,” Newton said.

He added, taking these steps to being more a green campus could influence their student population numbers, depending on the importance they place on climate change.

“The younger generation of students see these as current issues and so, they would like to choose a school or a college that represents their views of it being a major issue,” he said.

Newton continued to say, as a whole, CCC had reduced their energy usage by 76% following 2014. He said they were aiming to be completely carbon neutral in energy sourcing by 2024.

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