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Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC

Haywood Community College (HCC) has been recognized as a recipient of a $3,000 Greenforce Initiative Innovation Mini-Grant. These grant funds will go to support HCC’s efforts to mitigate the impact of its development on the campus’s natural hydrology and native plant communities.  Thanks to this award, HCC will be able to establish a “test meadow” of native grasses on a campus construction site to serve as a demonstration for converting lawn to meadow, reducing landscaping maintenance requirements and creating wildlife habitats on campus.  HCC is one of only five community colleges in North Carolina to receive a Greenforce Innovation Grant.

Curriculum Programs:  

  • Low Impact Development (Certificate [LID Specialist]/Associates)
  • Green Building (Certificate) within Building Construction Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology (Solar Concentration) (Associates)
  • Horticulture Technology (Certificate/Diploma/Associates)
  • Forestry Management Technology (Certificate/Associates)
  • Fish and Wildlife Management Technology (Associates) 

Curriculum Courses (embedded across above programs)

AGR 121, AGR 265, ALT 120, ALT 220, AUT 285, BIO 140, CST 244, ENV 110, FOR 121, FOR 171, FOR 175, FOR 223, FOR 225, FOR 240, FOR 282, FWL 142, FWL 254, HOR 134, HOR 164, HOR 235, LAR 120, LID 111, LID 112, LID 230, and LID 240.

Continuing Education (Classes/Workshops):

  • Solar Series
  • Fundamentals of Green Construction geared toward employment re-entry adults
  • Green Construction certification in partnership with Home Builders Association for skilled professionals
  • Weatherization
  • Certified Green Professional training
  • Energy Auditor
  • Lead Based Paint Training
  • Low Impact Development Fast Track
  • Clear Water Contractor
  • BPI Training for current faculty
  • GAP Training – Construction
  • Small Business Center – ABC’s of Energy Audit


  • HCC’s Biofuels Instructor and Sustainability Technician gave a lecture as part of the Biofuel Technician Training Program for lower skilled adults funded/operated by ABCCM.

Future goals for developing green workforce training programs and/or incorporating sustainability across all curricula:

One of the roles of the Sustainability Technician is to investigate potential Sustainable Technology program/course offerings. Currently we are pursuing/investigating:

  • Expanding our Biofuel course offerings; currently offering Intro to Alternative Fuels (AUT 285)
  • Establishing a Sustainable Technology Degree
  • Expanding our Solar Course offerings; Currently offer Two Courses with Electrical Engineering Technology, ALT 120 and ALT 220.
  • Establish Wind Turbine Technology Courses  

Campus sustainability projects underway and goals for these projects:

  • HCC is currently involved with the ACUPCC (American College and University Presidential Climate Commitment) since 2006. As such we have developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) and submitted two Green House Gas Emission Surveys (Scope Two). The CAP is a detailed document explaining our plan to become carbon neutral by 2050. Click here to view the document (pdf).
  • HCC has not stopped with the CAP in introducing sustainable practices inside the classroom, on campus grounds/buildings, or even within the community. Our ever growing list is too large to place inside this document and as such we will guide you to our sustainability webpage for you to look over. Click Here to go to our website.
  • However, do not stop at just our Green Initiatives webpage as we pride ourselves in Community Involvement, Student Activism, Take Action Initiatives and of course our Code Green participation. So browse the site and always remember this website is always evolving as we add new sustainable practices/polices across campus, in the classroom and in the community.

Courses utilizing campus sustainability projects as hand-on training opportunities for students:

Dr. Johnson, President of HCC, has made it a high priority to initiate education utilizing a living laboratory approach. Our faculty has taken this message to heart as we have many examples of utilizing campus and the community as a living laboratory (hands on training): 

  • Green Construction students receive hands on training at our Research and Demonstration House. A green house (under construction) funded part by the US Forest Products and Wood Laboratory in Madison Wisconsin to research climatic variables while utilizing sustainable construction design, materials and maintenance. Once completed the house will serve as a showcase and research facility for the public, students, faculty and staff. See attached powerpoint for more information.
    • Students also installed spray foam at a Baptist Center in Haywood County to increase insulation properties and energy efficiency.
  • Forestry Program utilizes entire campus and additional 700 acres to train students. They also serve as stewards to keep the forest healthy and sustainable over time. Campus is an actual arboretum (100 acres).
  • LID program utilizes entire campus to produce Hydrologic Storm Water Management Plans, Sustainable Landscaping Design for use in Master Plan, installation of native grass meadows, rain gardens and bio retention cells.
    • Also constructed and designed a wetland at a nearby community; Lake Junaluska.
  • Fish and Wildlife Program utilizes wet meadow on campus (1.5 acres) to teach restoration techniques, identification of biota and proper long term management of native wet meadows in WNC.
  • LID, Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Biology and Horticulture students will receive hands on training when restoration of Jones Cove Creek (on campus) begins in Fall of 2011.
  • Environmental Biology students installed two wildlife habitats in downtown Waynesville along with a bio retention cell at the Horticulture complex as part of the LID Program’s recommendation for Storm Water Management (interdepartmental collaboration).

What are you hoping to gain from the Greenforce Initiative?

  • Understanding industry/workforce development projections
  • Create connections among various CC’s and associated organizations
  • Become exposed to new ideas in implementing our various education goals
  • Provide ideas and troubleshooting to other CC’s
  • Access a central source of information pertaining to Green Workforce Development

Contact person: Preston Jacobsen,, 828-565-4033

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