CNM a Finalist for Climate Leadership Award

July 27, 2015 -- Central New Mexico Community College is one of six two-year institutions around the country to be named a finalist for Second Nature’s sixth annual Climate Leadership Awards.
July 27, 2015

Second Nature is a national nonprofit organization that strives to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future by working with leadership networks in higher education.

CNM is eligible to apply for the competitive award because President Katharine Winograd signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2008 which states: “Campuses that address the climate challenge by reducing global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into their curriculum will better serve their students and meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society.”

ACUPCC is a signature program of Second Nature. As a signatory college, CNM reports regularly to the ACUPCC with data on the college’s greenhouse gas emissions and reduction targets; education, research and community engagement; and energy efficiency.

“Becoming a finalist for this award shows that CNM is a leader in higher education sustainability initiatives,” said Carson Bennett, CNM's Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison. “Our nomination was based on our Campus as a Living Lab effort and related sustainability education initiatives.”

Campus as a Living Lab gives students the opportunity to apply skills they are learning in the classroom to real-world sustainability efforts across CNM’s campuses.

The other two-year institutions that are finalists in the competition are Alamo Colleges and Cedar Valley College, both in Texas; College of Lake County in Illinois; Western Technical College in Wisconsin; and Sullivan County and SUNY Jefferson Community College, both in New York.

In addition, 12 four-year institutions were named finalists for the Climate Leadership Awards, They are Agnes Scott College in Georgia; Appalachian State University in North Carolina; Furman University in South Carolina; Huston-Tillotson University in Texas; Loyola University in Illinois; Southern Oregon University; The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; University at Buffalo (SUNY) in New York; University of Massachusetts; University of Tennessee; and California State University, Northridge and University of California, Merced.

Two award winners – one two-year and one four-year institution -- will be recognized as part of the 2015 Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program on Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo.