At Montgomery County Community College, we recognize the importance of building strong and sustainable campuses. Since signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, the College has made great strides toward reducing our carbon footprint and educating community residents and businesses about how they can take better care of the environment.
Through the work of the College-wide President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council, we have engaged in many significant environmental changes. Some of these best-practices include purchasing 15 percent of our electricity from wind power; providing hybrid and electric vehicles and bicycles for our public safety officers; expanding our recycling program—taking eighth place in the national waste minimization contest Recyclemania; using post-consumer paper and duplex printers for copying; and working with SEPTA to modify the bus route at the Central Campus to save 20,000 miles of travel annually. The College also educates students and community about sustainability through a faculty-driven lecture series on climate change.
Montgomery County Community College’s Courage to Create Campaign raised over $3 million to preserve and renovate the 26,000 square foot Art Barn facility, which now serves over 3,500 students and community members yearly.
When Kathleen R. McElvenney was laid off from her job with an insurance company after 26 years of employment, she embraced the change as an opportunity to pursue a career she always wanted.