This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
www.SanTanSun.com
Community
December 5 - 18, 2009 9
CGCC campaigns for ‘green’ classroom
Imagine an outdoor classroom that uses the sun and his Ph.D. in Sustainability from Prescott College. He For more information about CGCC’s Environmental
wind to save and generate energy – a “living” classroom says the goal of the Center is to provide a low-impact Technology Center or to make a donation, call
designed to teach students about sustainability and and cost-effi cient living classroom that serves as a hub 480-732-7030 or access http://www.cgc.edu/etc.
environmental technology through hands-on learning for environmental education and resources for CGCC
and interaction. students, local schools, nonprofi t programs and the
Chandler-Gilbert Community College students and community.
Fire HQ ribbon cutting
faculty are looking forward to this vision becoming a “Instead of learning about concepts of sustainability
reality as the college begins a fundraising campaign in a textbook, students can gain hands-on experience
to secure materials, labor donations and fi nancial calculating the amount of power wind turbines and
support from local businesses and the community solar panels can produce or how to build ‘green’
in order to construct an Environmental Technology buildings,” Ripple adds. “This type of active learning
Center on the college’s Pecos campus. creates greater student engagement and gives students
CGCC’s fi rst partner with the project, Jan Lorant, a chance to internalize what they are learning.”
principal of Gabor Lorant Architects Inc., has Ripple says students across all academic disciplines,
volunteered more than 300 hours to date, consulting, including engineering, science, geology, history,
site planning and designing the Environmental philosophy, communications and information
Technology Center, and expects to expend another technology, will work on projects focusing on diverse
280 hours through the construction phase of the topics relating to sustainability.
project. The college will also use the Environmental
“I believe strongly that school facilities, and Technology Center for Kindergarten through
particularly higher education facilities, should 12th-grade outreach, bringing in students from Submitted photo
demonstrate environmental awareness to the youth of elementary and high schools to see and touch the
FIRED UP: The offi cial dedication ceremony for the
this country,” Lorant says. “What better place to show technology used to calculate alternative energy new 18,420 square foot Chandler Fire Department
your commitment to education and your planet than production, learn about native desert plants, plant
Administrative Headquarters included a ribbon-cutting
at a college campus that is providing leadership in this community gardens and focus on the various issues
by Mayor Boyd W. Dunn, center, with from right, council
members Trinity Donovan, Jeff Weninger, Rick Heumann,
all-important arena? This is my way of contributing to of environmentalism.
Dunn, council member Jack Sellers, Fire Chief Jeff Clark,
that ambitious and valuable effort.” CGCC’s interim president Dr. Linda Lujan says Gabor former Fire Chief Jim Roxburgh and State Sen. and former
The Environmental Technology Center will be a Lorant Architect’s help and insight in environmental
Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. According to the City of
1,200 square-foot open classroom with solar panels, design has been vital to the development of the
Chandler, the facility is expected to receive Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certifi cation.
amphitheatre-style seating and energy monitoring project.
It’s a Green Building Rating System that provides
devices, surrounded by demonstration areas, “We hope that other local businesses and independent, third-party verifi cation that a building
gardens, wind turbines and environmental education community members see the importance and value of
project was designed and built “using strategies aimed at
information kiosks. the Environmental Technology Center and contribute
improving energy savings, water effi ciency, CO2 emissions
reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and
The idea for the center was proposed by CGCC to this grassroots community project,” she adds.
stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.”
philosophy professor Darien Ripple, who is completing CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler.
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com