CEAG Wins 2008 Innovation of the Year Award
De Anza's College Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) has won the 2008 Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College for its Sustainability Management Plan (SMP). Each year the league honors outstanding innovations that have been recognized by member institutions as capstone achievements. The Foothill-De Anza District is a board member of the league.
The SMP, believed to be the first such document among community colleges nationwide, was developed in 2007 by CEAG members in collaboration with the broader college community. See the listing of students, staff and faculty (PDF 115 KB) who helped with the project.
The SMP addresses all aspects of De Anza's environmental impact on land, air and water as well as community vibrancy, environmental stewardship, social equity and financial responsibility. The SMP includes initial assessment data; the Sustainability Policy, describing concrete actions; and an implementation timeline. Key areas of focus include the reification of concepts such as green building construction and renovation, hazardous waste reduction and management, energy and water efficiency and conservation. Uniquely, the plan also addresses ecologically responsible landscaping and green purchasing and procurement procedures, with an overarching view of campus community and civic engagement in sustainability.
The runner-up for the award was De Anza's CompTechS program. The CompTechS program's goal is to help students who are planning a career in computer technical support to transition to the professional work environment. The program provides the training and real world experience essential for entry into the technical support profession.
Past De Anza winners of this award include the Developmental Task Force (2004), Environmental Studies Instructor and Morgan Family Chair Julie Phillips (2001), and Child Development Instructor Bill Wright (2000). Read about other winners of this year's League of Innovation Award on the League for Innovation in Community Colleges Web site.