Gwinnett Technical College's Gwinnett Trees Count website received the 2011 Grand Award in Education from the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC). A group of GTC leaders from the college's Horticulture program and campus facilities team accepted the award last week at councils 21st Annual Awards Luncheon in Madison.
The GUFC annual awards program rewards individuals and organizations for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. One Grand Award was given to each of the following categories: Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Urban Arboriculture, and Lifetime Achievement.
"The Georgia Urban Forest Council is pleased to present this award to Gwinnett Tech for their innovative and educational website. It's an outstanding resource for both the college and the community," says Mary Lynne Beckley, GUFC Executive Director.
The Gwinnett Trees Count site is an online, viewable inventory of the college's urban forest campus that serves as a resource for community residents and GTC students alike. The site identifies more than 800 different trees in the maintained areas of the college's 87-acre campus. To access the site, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/horticulture and click Gwinnett Trees Count.
On the site, identified trees are viewable against an aerial backdrop of the campus and are searchable by botanical and common name. Faculty, staff, students and community residents using the site and visiting the campus are able to see and touch trees that might be suitable for a particular landscape situation.
The site also serves as a teaching tool for students in Gwinnett Tech's horticulture program. GTC offers an associate degree and diploma in Environmental Horticulture, and certificate options in landscape design, horticulture installation and floral design.
The Georgia Urban Forest Council was founded in 1988 by a group of individuals who recognized the need for an organization to address urban forestry issues in Georgia. Today, the Council is an active group offering educational programs, leadership and resources in maintaining healthy trees in our towns and cities.
GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 45 associate’s degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. It is also the county's largest provider of corporate training programs. Gwinnett Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.