Mount Vernon, Ohio (PRWEB) March 02, 2014
Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) was presented the Environmental Sustainability Award at the 98th annual Knox County Chamber of Commerce dinner and awards ceremony on January 10, 2014. Award recipients are nominated by the Ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce and voted on by the full membership.
The Environmental Sustainability Award honors the Knox County business or organization that has done most during the past year to introduce sustainable practices into its operations or to promote awareness of sustainable practices and encourage their use.
In April 2013, COTC’s Ariel Hall received LEED Gold Certification (the second highest level a building can achieve) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmentally friendly design and construction. There are only a small percentage of LEED Gold certified buildings in Ohio. According to the USGBC website, Ariel Hall is the first and only Gold level LEED-certified building in Knox County.
COTC Board of Trustees member Mark Ramser was recognized with the Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award. The Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual whose business has been a Chamber member for at least two years, who consistently volunteers for both Chamber and community projects and has contributed to a single unique project in the county within the past two years.
Ramser was born and raised in Knox County and is president of Mount Vernon-based Ohio Cumberland Gas Company. In addition to the COTC Board of Trustees and Knox Campus Advisory Board, his current community involvements include Epworth United Methodist Church, Knox County Historical Society, YMCA of Mount Vernon, Area Development Foundation, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon and First-Knox National Bank.
Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.