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MDC North Campus Honored with 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities

MDC North Campus

Miami, November 26, 2008 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) first campus, established nearly 50 years ago, has a new gleam. Recently, the North Campus was chosen to receive the Grand Award in the Colleges category of the 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities, a national recognition for its dedication to keeping schools clean using environmentally-friendly products.     

“We are very pleased with the efforts to not only make the North Campus shine, but also to do it in a way that is sensitive to the environment,” said Jose A. Vicente, MDC North Campus president. “It is an honor to see those efforts being recognized with such distinction.”

The North Campus began its Green Cleaning Program in the fall of 2005. Since then, the campus has purchased environmentally-friendly cleaning chemicals and equipment, such as auto-scrubbers that eliminate solution mixing, high-efficiency vacuums with filtration traps and floor burnishers with dust control technology. The recycle program recovers paper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. Containers and receptacles have been placed throughout the campus.   

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities is sponsored by American School & University (; the Green Cleaning Network (, a non-profit clearinghouse that shares information and educates the marketplace in order to accelerate the adoption of green cleaning and the Healthy Schools Campaign (, a non-profit that advocates for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment. 

The North Campus is also home to the Green Urban Living Center (GULC). This latest award complements the college’s extensive environmental agenda which includes its renowned Earth Ethics Institute. In addition, MDC is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration for sustainability and has implemented numerous recycling and reuse programs college-wide.

For more information, please contact Christina Mateo, dean of administration at the North Campus, at 305-237-1190.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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