Green+ in Focus

July 11, 2011 Gateway to Offer Associate Degree in Energy Technologies

Gateway Community and Technical College will soon begin offering an associate in applied science degree in Energy Technologies. The new program will provide students with critical workforce skills in high demand by regional energy companies, according to industry partners that helped develop the program.

Green tips

Decoding Food Labels

Shopping for healthy, sustainably grown food can be a challenge. When buying eggs, what does that “Cage-Free” label really mean? The Earth Watch Institute provides information about sustainability food labeling.  Read on to learn which labels are just for show, which hold weight, and what they mean.


The KCTCS Green+ Sustainability Initiative

Consistent with the KCTCS Vision to be the nation’s premier community and technical college system, KCTCS is becoming a leader in practices, educational and workforce training opportunities, and community leadership related to sustainable development or sustainability. The most commonly accepted definition of sustainable development is found in the 1987 United Nations’ Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the "Brundtland Report"): 

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainability is more than “being green.” Multifaceted, sustainability touches every area of a college. Facilitating cultural change to enhance the well-being of people, sustainability includes improving efficiencies and effectiveness in a socially equitable manner. Implementing sustainable practices demonstrates responsible stewardship of social, economic, and environmental resources. KCTCS sustainability focus is on being “Green+”.