Recognition

MWCC’s wind energy and other sustainability projects have resulted in numerous national, state, and local awards including recognition from the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment / Second Nature, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the U.S. Environmental; Protection Agency.

Communications projects highlighting the college’s green initiatives have also garnered awards.

June 2012 – Circle of Excellence Gold Award

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

MWCC received the gold Circle of Excellence Award in the Public Relations and Community Relations category for the multi-faceted “Catch the Wind at MWCC” communications project. The project became an integrated,, cross-college concept, sparking excitement and interest throughout the college and involving the President’s Office, the Marketing and Communications Division, Institutional Advancement, Facilities Management, Media Services, Student Life, faculty, students and student clubs.

The communications effort highlighted MWCC’s decade-long commitment to sustainability, energy cost savings, and the college’s leadership role in the national campus climate commitment movement, while enhancing awareness about the benefits associated with renewable energy. The project also provided opportunities to showcase the college’s academic programs, including Natural Resources, Energy Management, Computer Graphic Design and Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Further, this communications effort showcased MWCC’s integral role in the Massachusetts “Leading by Example – Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings” program.

This project combined in-house communications initiatives in the areas of public relations, social media, website, and photography with service-learning projects for students majoring in Computer Graphic Design and Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

CASE is an international professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education. The Circle of Excellence awards celebrate programs that measure up to high standards, contribute to a growing body of knowledge and add substance and insight to the profession and its practitioners.

May 2012 – Community Improvement Award

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce

MWCC received this award for the installation and activation of its two wind turbines.

April 2012

ACUPCC “Celebrating Sustainability” Series

MWCC was recognized by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as one of 15 top colleges and universities in the country for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability.

The ACUPCC, now in its fifth year, is an initiative joined by nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action. MWCC’s achievements in renewable energy and energy conservation were cited as part of the ACUPCC’s April 2012 “Celebrating Sustainability” series, which identified signatories that exemplify the initiative’s mission to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement.

The ACUPCC praised MWCC for its outstanding work in successfully integrating wind power into its energy portfolio over the past year. Mount Wachusett’s program has been so successful since installing two 1.65 MW turbines in March 2011 that the college is now producing 100 percent of its own electricity while also returning energy back to the grid, the organization noted.

The organization commended MWCC’s energy initiatives, conservation measures that have reduced energy consumption by nearly half, and the efforts of students and faculty in The Green Society and other campus clubs and organizations for their sustainability endeavors.

The series was launched in conjunction with Earth Day 2012 to demonstrate the importance of taking a holistic approach to reversing climate change that incorporates sustainable practices and solutions.

The 15 colleges and universities identified under the Celebrating Sustainability series cover a diverse spectrum of institutions in terms of size, geographic location and academic focus. MWCC was the only college in New England named in the series. The other campuses are: University of California – Irvine; Arizona State University; University of Louisville, Kentucky; University of Central Missouri; Weber State University in Utah; William Patterson University in New Jersey; SUNY Upstate Medical University and Pratt Institute in New York; Allegheny College and Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania; Austin Community College in Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology and Haywood Community College in Georgia; and Luther College in Iowa.

March 2012 – Paragon Award

National Council for Marketing & Public Relations

“Catch the Wind at MWCC,” a multi-faceted communications project developed throughout the construction and activation of the college’s wind turbines, received a national-level gold Paragon Award in the “Communications Success Story” category from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

MWCC’s Marketing and Communications Division shares the honor with the college administration, faculty, staff and students who provided their talent, time and skills on various aspects of the campaign. The award was announced during the NCMPR national conference in San Francisco.

The construction and dedication of MWCC’s two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines from September 2010 to April 2011 provided an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the college’s renewable energy initiatives through an in-house, multi-channel communications project incorporating traditional media, social media, video and photography documentation, a special event, and staff and student graphic design contributions in the areas of video creation, signage, banners, invitations, event program and t-shirts.

From a communications standpoint, the project showcased MWCC’s decade-long commitment to sustainability and the college’s leadership role in the national campus climate commitment movement, while enhancing awareness about the benefits associated with renewable energy.

Sponsored by the NCMPR, the Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. NCMPR is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.

November 2011 – Medallion Awards

National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1

MWCC received several gold, silver and bronze Medallion Awards from NCMPR for turbine-related communications projects. The awards were announced during the District’s annual conference in Baltimore, Md. MWCC received a gold award in the social marketing category for the Green on Green Street blog, and a gold award in the communications success story category for “Catch the Wind at MWCC,” a multi-faceted project that included media coverage, new media, graphic design, community outreach, video production and photography pertaining to the construction and dedication of the two turbines.

The project became an integrated, cross-college concept, sparking excitement and interest throughout the college and involving the President’s Office, the Marketing and Communications Division, Institutional Advancement, Facilities Management, Media Services, Student Life, faculty, students and student clubs.

The communications effort highlighted MWCC’s decade-long commitment to sustainability, energy cost savings, and the college’s leadership role in the national campus climate commitment movement, while enhancing awareness about the benefits associated with renewable energy. The project also provided opportunities to showcase the college’s academic programs, including Natural Resources, Energy Management, Computer Graphic Design and Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Further, this communications effort showcased MWCC’s integral role in the Massachusetts “Leading by Example – Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings” program.

In addition, MWCC received silver Medallion Awards in the outdoor advertising/billboard category for the “Innovation is a Breeze” wind turbine banners and in the transit advertising category for the Prius car wrap, created in conjunction with Computer Graphic Design students and faculty. MWCC received a bronze Medallion Award in the specialty advertising campaign category for the turbine pride t-shirts created in conjunction with CGD students and faculty.

An affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents communications professionals at community and technical colleges. District 1 is comprised of community colleges in the eastern U.S. from Maine to the District of Columbia, as well as in the maritime provinces of Canada and in the United Kingdom.

October 2011 – Leading by Example Award

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

MWCC was recognized by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Leading by Example Program as the state entity that has made the greatest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The college was presented with a Leading by Example Award from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs during its annual ceremony at the State House. The ceremony honored state agencies, public higher education institutions, municipalities, and individuals that demonstrate outstanding clean energy and environmental leadership.

MWCC was recognized for having a 48 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from a 2002 to 2004 baseline, the greatest reduction of any state college, university or agency. Thanks to an array of projects, including biomass heating, a 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation, solar hot water systems, and the recent installation of two 1.65 megawatt wind turbines, clean energy generates 100 percent of the college’s annual electricity demand and virtually all of the college’s energy.

Leading by Example was established by an April 2007 Executive Order in which Governor Patrick directed agencies of state government to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy technology, and reduce their environmental impacts. The Executive Order calls on state government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, reduce energy consumption at state-owned and leased facilities 20 percent, and procure 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by June 2012. In addition, it established the Mass LEED-Plus building standard for new state construction, which requires energy performance to be 20 percent better than code.

June 2011 – Climate Leadership Award:

Second Nature/American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

MWCC was nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

In recognizing MWCC with the prestigious award, Second Nature highlighted the college’s successful renewable energy measures, including the recent installation of two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines. With the college’s biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on site.

President Daniel M. Asquino accepted the award on behalf of the college during the fifth annual ACUPCC summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by George Washington University.

The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, initiated in 2010, recognize the best examples of climate leadership actions among colleges and universities that are stepping up efforts to conserve resources and preserve the environment. The ACUPCC, launched in December 2006, is a national effort addressing global climate issues and the steps colleges can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its mission is to accelerate the country’s progress toward climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering colleges and universities to education students, create solutions and provide leadership in their communities and throughout society to achieve this goal.

May 2011 – Environmental Merit Award

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

MWCC was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ongoing sustainability initiatives, including the recent addition of two wind turbines. The college received an Environmental Merit Award during the EPA New England District’s annual recognition ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

MWCC was recognized for exemplifying how an institution can invest in clean energy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and ultimately address the global climate crisis. Combined with the college’s existing biomass heating, photovoltaic array and solar hot water technologies, MWCC produces nearly all of its energy on-site.

The merit awards, recognizing valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving, are a unique way that the EPA recognizes individuals and groups that are making significant impacts on environmental quality in distinct ways. Awarded by the EPA since 1970, the merit awards honor individuals and groups that have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region’s environment. This year’s competition drew 56 nominations from across New England.

Mount Wachusett Community College Wins National Global Warming Award

In 2007, Mount Wachusett Community College was named a winner in the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Chill Out contest. The competition recognizes colleges and universities around the country which are implementing innovative programs to reduce the impacts of global warming, the #1 environmental threat facing the nation. Mount Wachusett was one of eight winning schools chosen from over 100 competition entries received from colleges nationwide.

“Colleges and universities are key places for demonstrating how to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the major culprit of global warming,” says Julian Keniry, Director of Campus and Community Leadership for the National Wildlife Federation. “Mount Wachusett has demonstrated its leadership in promoting renewable energy options both on campus and throughout the surrounding community.”

This prestigious award was given because Mount Wachusett’s staff has aggressively pursued numerous initiatives and projects to decrease the College’s dependence on fossil fuels and to educate its students and community on the benefits associated with utilizing renewable energy options.

The College’s conversion of its all-electrical campus to a heating system run on locally-available bio-fuels has drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions while having a positive impact on the College’s operating budget. By eliminating electricity as a heat source, the college has reduced electricity use by 45.9 percent and saved two million dollars.

This project, along with related energy conservation measures has resulted in a 24 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over the past four years, the equivalent of  7638 tons of carbon dioxide.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program has been an integral part of the campus greening movement since 1989. The nation’s 4,100 colleges and universities educate more than 15 million students in any given year making these schools important laboratories for creativity and innovation – keys to tackling a monumental crisis like global warming.

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s conservation organization protecting wildlife for our children’s future.

NWF’s Campus Chillout Winners