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The Greenforce Initiative has worked with the Code Green Initiative of the North Carolina Community College President’s Association and the Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP) of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The Code Green Initiative was an effort to advance sustainability on NCCCS campuses and in surrounding communities. This initiative includes redesigning system-wide applied technologies curricula in the areas of Energy, Environment, Building Construction, Transportation and Engineering Technologies to better meet the needs of students working to gain knowledge, skills and experience they need to enter or advance in emerging green careers in these sectors through the implementation of the Super CIP over the last two years.

The Greenforce Initiative supported and supplemented the development of the Super CIP by providing its leaders and implementers with resources, relevant research, information and expertise, and by organizing events to facilitate networking, formation of learning communities and peer to peer learning among participating colleges. Additionally, the Greenforce Initiative awarded 6 North Carolina community colleges with mini-grants to fund projects advancing green jobs training programs at individual campuses.

Following the successful development and passage of new curriculum standards through the Super CIP, sustainability leaders in the NC Community College System are working to form the North Carolina Community College Sustainability Association which will continue to advance sustainability goals and practices. The Greenforce Initiative will continue to provide support to foster the growth and development of this group in the coming year.


NC Code Green Initiative (all 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System are part of this initiative)

Featured Resource:

Edgecombe Community College NASA Professional Development Institute, April 16, 2014; Building a Diverse, Green Workforce.

Featured Partners:

Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC
Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC
Craven Community College, New Bern, NC
Gaston Community College, Dallas, NC
Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC
Wilson Community College, Wilson, NC

The following North Carolina Greenforce Initiative partners were awarded innovation grants to advance their efforts in the areas of green workforce development and campus sustainability: 

Haywood Community College
Nash Community College
Piedmont Community College
Southeastern Community College
Stanly Community College
Wake Technical Community College 


Event links below include event materials including agenda and presentations

Webinar: North Carolina Greenforce - Tuesday, February 22 - PowerPoint presentation
Western North Carolina Greenforce Summit - March 4, 2011 - View PowerPoints, Photos and Videos!
Central North Carolina Greenforce Summit - March 18, 2011 - View PowerPoints and Photos!
Eastern North Carolina Greenforce Summit - March 25, 2011 - View PowerPoints, Photos and Videos!
North Carolina Greenforce Conference - November 14-15, 2011 - View PowerPoints and Photos!  


  • Clean energy solutions in North Carolina, National Wildlife Federation
  • Employment Trends in North Carolina's Recycling Industry - 2010 
  • Global warming impacts in North Carolina, National Wildlife Federation
  • Green Schools and Sustainability in Appalachia: Case Studies in Rural Practice, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Haywood County Chamber Green Business Initiative Template for Plan
  • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Green Initiative Pilot Program Checklist
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • State of the North Carolina Workforce 2011-2020, NC Commission on Workforce Development
  • UNC Coastal Wind Report
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