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PCC makes finalist list for climate leadership award through Second Nature
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College is doing its part to combat climate change and people have taken notice.
The state’s largest college is a finalist for the annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. Schools who make the finals have demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities, and student preparedness with relation to sustainability and climate action.
“This is a big deal, since the network has hundreds of member institutions,” said Briar Schoon, PCC’s sustainability manager.
Second Nature offers these awards in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) since 2015. Award winners are recognized as part of the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program, benefiting from global publicity opportunities.
Second Nature is the largest organization working to advance climate solutions in higher education. President Mark Mitsui sits on the steering committee and PCC reports its climate progress to Second Nature annually.
Winners will be announced in early September. We’ll let you know how PCC does!
“Thank you for your strong leadership and innovative solutions on climate action in our Network,” said Andrea Smith, Second Nature’s communication manager. “The work you do is invaluable.”
Learn More About PCC’s Climate Plan
PCC’s institutional commitments include the American College & Universities Presidents Climate Commitment. At the district level, PCC Sustainability is focused on strategizing a foundation for sustainability that will ensure consistent and lasting progress is made in this rapidly evolving field.