Montgomery College Receives EcoLeadership Award from Alliance for Workplace Excellence College Also Receives Workplace Excellence and Health and Wellness Trailblazer Awards
Montgomery College is one of only 22 businesses in the Washington, D.C. area to receive the EcoLeadership Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. The EcoLeadership Award honors companies that recognize the importance of environmental sustainability by demonstrating commitment in areas such as waste minimization, energy demand and supply and pollution prevention.
The College also received the Workplace Excellence Award and the Health and Wellness Trailblazer Award from the Alliance, a nonprofit organization that recognizes ‘Excellent Places to Work.’ This marks the sixth straight year that Montgomery College will receive the Workplace Excellence Award and the fifth year for the Trailblazer Award.
Montgomery College has been a leader in resource conservation, environmental action and sustainability since the 1970s. Buildings on the College’s three campuses use renewable solar and wind energy. In the future, when the Rockville Science Center and the Germantown Bioscience Education Center open, both buildings will receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gold LEED certification. This is a significant accomplishment because the buildings are instructional laboratory facilities, which are more difficult to minimize energy consumption.
The College has a full-time energy manager who is responsible for developing and implementing the College’s Resource Conservation Program. This program has evolved over the past 23 years from its early energy-only focus to a modern integrated environmental management approach that includes environmental safety, recycling, utility and energy management, hazardous waste management, sustainable building design and operations, and transportation management.
As an educator, the College regularly integrates environmental sustainability into both credit and noncredit courses. The College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education has partnered with state, local government and nonprofit entities to provide “green collar” training opportunities. In addition, the College educates area businesses through the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program.
For the Alliance awards, businesses were assessed by an independent review panel in the areas of corporate culture and management practices, family and employee policies and programs, health and wellness initiatives, learning opportunities and commitment to social responsibility. For more information about the awards, visit http://www.excellentworkplace.org.