Green+ in Focus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Begins Construction of Newtown Campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2011) – Bluegrass Community and Technical College celebrated a milestone Monday when the college broke ground on its first building at the Newtown Campus. The 92,240-square-foot, four-story classroom building will house eleven academic programs, including high-wage, high-demand programs such as Computer Information Technology. The building will accommodate approximately 1,000 students and will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified, meeting the highest green building and performance measures.

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Did you know?

America Recycles Day is November 15? Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. 

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+”.