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November 14, 2008


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga) Chaffey College superintendent/president, in a high-visibility pledge toward enhanced campus environmental sustainability, has pledged to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment sponsored by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Dr. Shannon is joining other educational leaders in committing to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions. In February this year, Dr. Shannon assembled a task force, referred to as the Green Earth Movement (GEM) committee. This group of faculty, staff, administrators, and students is charged with creating a climate neutrality plan. The GEM committee's plan includes initiating the following actions to reduce greenhouse gases:

1. Purchase 15% of the college's electricity from renewable sources.
2. Develop a procedure that campus construction meets U.S. green standards.
3. Adopt purchasing practices to procure energy star computers and equipment.

In addition, the GEM committee has identified several goals. These goals include:

* Developing a climate neutrality plan.
* Completing a campus assessment of greenhouse gas.
* Developing curriculum and courses in Integrated Sustainability.
* Researching and implementing the optimum alternative energy technology and sources available.

Dr. Shannon emphasized the significance of his pledge when he stated, "In signing this commitment we are assuring our students, faculty, staff and community that Chaffey College will develop and execute a comprehensive plan to be climate neutral," exclaimed Dr. Shannon.

Since the formation of the GEM committee, the college has taken significant strides toward climate neutrality. The college is saving $5.5 million gallons of water by installing low-flush urinals in all bathrooms, at no cost to the college. The committee is developing curriculum for degree and certificate programs in environmental science. Lastly, the community education program began offering a course in L.E.E.D. certification.

At the 2008 commencement ceremony, the Associated Students of Chaffey College (ASCC) presented a check for $50,000 to be used to promote sustainable energy. Former ASCC president, Monica Cervantes, was committed to greener Chaffey College campuses. This class gift is being administered by the GEM committee.

A formal signing ceremony of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment commemorating this landmark decision will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 12:30 pm. on the Wignall Museum Galley Patio.

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