by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent
Earlier this fall, for the second consecutive year, Montgomery County Community College was presented with the Greater Valley Forge Management Association (GVF) platinum-level sustainability award.
According to GVF’s website, since being established in 2010, the awards have recognized more than 40 partners, representing over 42,000 employees, for their outstanding achievement in implementing programs that provide and promote commuting alternatives for their employees and community. Partners are recognized at a bronze, silver, gold or platinum level.
The College’s partnership with GVF—which operates the Campus Shuttle between Central and West Campuses—has resulted in lowered carbon emissions and thousands of dollars in gasoline spending. For the academic year 2011-2012, 8,450 riders took advantage of the Campus Shuttle, thereby eliminating a potential 44,194 metric tons of greenhouse gases. This drastic reduction came at a cost to the College of roughly $10.50 per rider.
The College’s Zim Ride program has also proved a worthwhile initiative for long-term sustainability and environmental change. Carpooling through Zim Ride allows the College community to cut down gas costs, protect the environment, and meet new people!
Read GVF’s press release for more information on the awards.