October 25, 2012

Owens Community College Receives National Sustainability Leadership Award

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has been selected as one of only nine colleges and universities nationwide to receive a 2012 Sustainability Leadership Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Now in its seventh year, the AASHE Sustainability Awards program recognizes the exemplary efforts of faculty and staff, campuses and students within the areas of research and leadership specific to advance sustainability.

The College was named the recipient of the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award for its outstanding service learning, campus outreach and sustainability efforts related to the new Community Garden and Owens Harvest Food Pantry initiatives. Both outreach programs were established within the last two years and provide collaborative learning opportunities for students as well as faculty and staff in various academic departments and disciplines. The two initiatives also offer financial help and assistance to students in the form of perishable and non-perishable food resources.

“Sustainability in higher education continues to gain momentum and we are proud to recognize both the veteran as well as the new student leaders in these activities,” said Paul Rowland, Executive Director of AASHE. “Our award winners show us that higher education does make a difference in advancing sustainability and that it can lead the sustainability transformation.”

“Owens Community College is extremely proud to be recognized as a higher educational leader in sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,” said Krista Kiessling, Owens Director of Service Learning. “Receiving the Sustainability Leadership Award is quite an honor and certainly affirms the academic institution’s commitment to philanthropy, service and education for our students.”

The winners of the 2012 Sustainability Leadership Awards will be featured in the December issue of “Sustainability: The Journal of Record”. In addition to Owens, other colleges and universities receiving national honors include the University of Tennessee, the University of California, Berkeley, Humboldt State College, the University of Oregon, Alfred State College, Skidmore College, the University of British Columbia and the University of Wisconsin.

AASHE is committed to creating a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with thought leadership and essential knowledge resources, outstanding opportunities for professional development and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.