Behind the Green Gauchos
Glendale Community College (GCC) has a long history of implementing sustainability practices to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. Recognizing that energy consumption was the second largest contributor (37%) to green house gas (GHG) emissions, GCC partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund and its Climate Corps Fellows Program in summer 2013 to investigate energy use and develop options to reduce consumption and GHG emissions further. Results of this partnership will allow the college to reduce GHG emissions by an additional 2,460 metric tons annually and exceed GCC’s 2016 Climate Action Plan benchmarks.
KEY WORDS: Green House Gas Emissions (GHG), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), temperature set points, Climate Action Plan (CAP), energy consumption, sustainability, carbon neutrality, Maricopa Community Colleges