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MCTC Wins Greening Awards

Greening Awards recognize downtown institutions which maintain public green spaces

MCTC won 2013 Greening AwardsAt an award ceremony earlier this month, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received two awards from the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) for its commitment to urban green spaces. The Greening and Public Realm Awards recognize property owners, businesses and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that help to enhance downtown Minneapolis. MCTC received the Best Plaza award for its Fine Arts Plaza, and the MCTC Urban Farm Collective received an award for Best Urban Agriculture.

The Greening and Public Realm Awards were established by the Minneapolis (DID) Greening Committee to pay tribute to community greening champions in downtown Minneapolis, and to demonstrate how both small and large greening and public realm projects can transform the environment. The DID Greening Committee nominated and recognized places that were exemplary in categories ranging from large to small, and summer to winter. The program honored twenty winners at its award ceremony on May 6. Read the press release here.

MCTC has committed to actively incorporate sustainability and emissions reduction goals into every aspect of the institution. The College signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in December 2007, and currently maintains a Climate Action Plan outlining goals for further emissions reduction, community collaboration and economic investment in sustainable suppliers.

Photo: From left to right, Roger Broz, MCTC facilities director; Lydia Major, landscape architect and chief Fine Arts Plaza designer; and Mark Stenglein, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District.