Professor Charlotte Pease named Green Schools Champion

Oct. 25, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College professor Charlotte Pease’s work developing a sustainable design course in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools earned her 2018 Green Schools Champion of the Year honors from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan.

The Green Schools Champion Award recognizes organizations and people who made an impact on tomorrow’s leaders through education projects or programs emphasizing green building and sustainable design methods and practices.

“Infrastructure and sustainability is a strategic goal for GRCC, and professor Pease’s work in developing this curriculum is an excellent example of how our entire campus can play a role in reaching these goals,” said Amy Mansfield, dean of the college's School of Workforce Development.

“We’re providing students with in-demand skills for a growing industry. But we’re also inspiring them to find ways to make the future brighter for all of us through sustainable design. We couldn't be more thrilled to have faculty who can teach the applicable skills and concepts to our students. Charlotte is just one example where GRCC continues to provide cutting-edge ideology for our students."

Pease, an architect and assistant professor in GRCC's Mechanical and Architectural Design Department, led a class based on the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design curriculum. Students earned their LEED General Associate credential after completing the course.

The GRCC students teamed up with the USGBC-WB to share green building principles and concepts with students at the Grand Rapids Public Schools' Innovation High School in the spring. Students from both schools took part in a green panel "scavenger hunt" and worked together to organize a panel discussion featuring area experts.

Cheri Holman, executive director of the USGBC-WM, said Pease’s work is expected to be replicated at higher education institutions across the state.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Charlotte, who, like many educators, strives to help her students reach their fullest potential” Holman said. “We are lucky to have Charlotte educating our leaders of tomorrow on the important role of a sustainable-built environment.”

Pease is scheduled to receive her award on Nov. 8 at USGBC-WM’s 2018 Annual Party and Leadership Award Ceremony.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan, organized in 2004, is a program-based, committee-driven nonprofit dedicated to transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, in a way that improves the quality of life in Michigan. The organization accomplishes its mission through education, advocacy, programs and competitions, including the Grand Rapids 2030 District, Michigan Battle of the Buildings and the Energy Assistance Program.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 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.

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