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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
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.
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