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Gateway top in class for green video vote

Gateway Technical College was the top vote-getter in its Carnegie Classification in a national “green” video voting competition, garnering more than 2,005 votes in the April 1 to April 15 competition.

Gateway was tops in the Associate/Tribal classification, and was fourth overall among the 20 colleges from across the nation involved as part of being named a 2014 Climate Leadership Award finalist. Western Michigan University was the overall winner of the competition, also tops in the Doctorate classification.

The video featured Gateway’s green and sustainable practices and climate innovations on campus as well as with its communities and business partners.

The 2014 Climate Leadership Award is issued by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education. The awards, now in the fifth year, are an annual, national competition for colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Second Nature board members will vote on the Climate Leadership Awards, announcing winners in early May. Winners will be highlighted in several different national forums on sustainability in education and practice, and will be honored at the group’s national convention in Fall 2014.

Gateway is one of only five technical colleges nationwide to be a finalist for this award, and the only college in Wisconsin.

The video vote does not affect the overall Climate Leadership Award vote.

For final vote totals, please go to:

www.planetforward.org/content/climate-leadership-awards-2014

For more information, please contact Stephanie Sklba at (262) 564-2662.