Colorado Springs, Colo. – April 30, 2013 – The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Office of Sustainability won a Greenie Award in the “schools” category, beating four area schools, at Veda Salon and Spa’s Fifth Annual Fashion Show and Greenie Awards, April 28.
Since establishing itself as a leader in higher education sustainability, PPCC has swept this category, winning the award two years in a row. The college’s sustainability mission is two-pronged; cultivate a workforce of environmental stewards while giving students opportunities for internships and real-world experiences.
“This award is a testament to our students belief in sustainability,” said LeeAnn Westfall, PPCC sustainability coordinator. “It was a student vote just two years ago that passed a campus-wide green fee to start this department and now students work along side faculty and staff to reduce the environmental impact of the college through education, operational efficiencies and behavioral changes.”
PPCC’s Office of Sustainability initiatives include the installation of hydration stations to reduce plastic bottle waste, a campus wide recycling program and the creation of a community garden that provides food for the PPCC’s food pantry.
Veda Salon and Spa organizes this event to raise money and awareness for environmental issues while giving the community an opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite environmental champions. This year’s event benefitted The Rocky Mountain Field Institute.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso county and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.