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College goes to top of the class for saving water

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Students in Dan Svenson’s Landscape Design Irrigation class at Foothill College examine nursery plants that can benefit from the horticulture department’s award-winning rain catchment systems.

In a time of crippling drought, Foothill College is earning props for some impressive water-saving projects conservationists hope that institutions, businesses and homeowners alike can learn from.

The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards coalition recognized the college’s environmental horticulture program March 23 as its 2015 organization category winner. The program’s cooling tower recapture system, rainwater catchment systems and recirculating water feature beat out eight other applicants in the category.

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Activities planned in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mtn. View

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The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund’s “Live Wild Cats” show is a staple of the Los Altos Hills Earth Day Celebration, attracting large audiences each year.

Local residents seeking ways to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, need not look far – events are scheduled next week in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Details on three local Earth Day events follow.

FHDA Chancellor names Foothill President selection

ThuyThiNguyenSchoolColorsFoothill De Anza Community College District Chancellor Judy Miner announced Thursday (April 21) that she is recommending Thuy Thi Nguyen as the next president of Foothill College. Pending board approval May 2, Nguyen would begin work July 1. 

“Based on her record of innovation in promoting student access and diversity, I believe that Thuy will lead Foothill College in advancing a culture of student equity and in closing the achievement gap,” Miner said. “I am confident she will offer the kind of leadership and inspiration that will help the college achieve its most ambitious goals and further enhance the state and national leadership role for which our district is known.”

Currently serving as interim general counsel for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office since July 2015, Nguyen has spent the past 12 years working for community colleges and community college students. She is on loan to the Chancellor’s Office from the Peralta Community College District, where she had worked for more than a decade.

“I am extremely grateful to Chancellor Judy Miner for the opportunity to lead a nationally top-ranked community college,” said Nguyen, 40. “Foothill has a long tradition of academic excellence and I look forward to working with the exceptional faculty and staff in fulfilling the college’s commitment to student success for all.”

For more details on the selection, see the April 27 edition of the Town Crier.

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