GRCC student group wins awards



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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April 20, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College students and the school’s U.S. Green Building Council Student Organization received several awards at a regional conference.

GRCC students Cody Hansen, Eric VanHolstyn, Rodolfo Rangel, Jonathan Vandersloot, Ben Hoag, Hannah Jeffers, Trenida Charlton and Sayed Zawad, accompanied by professor David Dye, toured a LEED-certified building and participated in seminars during the recent Midwest Regional Sustainable Conference at the University of Cincinnati.

At an awards dinner, GRCC’s U.S. Green Building Council Student Organization — the first USGBC student organization in Michigan — received its five-year certificate. Hansen, the group’s president, won the Golden Leaf Award for his positive impact on the organization, campus and community. Dye, professor of mechanical and architectural design, and Charlotte Pease, an assistant professor, received a Golden Leaf Award and Certificate of Recognition for their work as the group’s advisers. The organization as a whole received a Certificate of Recognition and the Positive Impact Award-Career.

“This is a student group with national connections,” Dye said. "Its members are committed to learning about sustainable design and green construction practices, and the USGBC allows them to come in contact with industry professionals and to get a sense of job possibilities in the fields of architecture, facility management and construction.

“Twelve of our members are currently studying for the Green Associate Exam, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credential. Earning this nationally recognized credential in sustainability will give them a huge advantage in their future careers.”

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.