BRANCHBURG, NJ - Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) has been honored for its environmentally-friendly programs and policies by U.S. Secretary of Education John King and other federal officials.

RVCC was one of only 11 colleges and universities in the nation honored with a Green Ribbon award.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools post secondary Sustainability Award was announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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 New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, whose office nominated RVCC for the award through a competitive process, said she was pleased to encourage New Jersey’s colleges and universities to enter the competition for the first time.

The federal Green Ribbon program began five years ago. 

“This award acknowledges your institution’s commitment to sustainable practices. I commend Raritan Valley Community College for its leadership in facilities, health, and environmental education,” Hendricks said.

In a letter to the president of the college, the Secretary said RVCC was a “representative of promising practices… not only for aspiring green colleges and universities, but for all higher education institutions.” 

Dr. Michael J. McDonough, president of RVCC, said the award recognized the college’s long-term commitment to policies that protect the environment.

“Raritan Valley Community College has been an environmental leader for more than a decade,”  McDonough said. “RVCC has earned a dozen environmental awards, offers innovative sustainability courses and degree programs, and provides extensive community service and health education programs."

"RVCC was the first community college in the country to sign an environmental stewardship agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and we were the first community college in the country to run an energy-saving cogeneration plant, which has contributed to an emissions reduction of 51 percent since 2005.” he added.