Appointment Expands University’s Leadership, Advocacy for Sustainability in Higher Education
Building on Frostburg State University’s commitment to the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, FSU President Jonathan Gibralter was recently appointed to the ACUPCC’s 2011-2012 Steering Committee.
“I’m honored to continue working closely with the ACUPCC in emphasizing higher education’s role in addressing climate change,“ said Gibralter, who in past years has served as a member of the organization’s Leadership Circle. “Global warming is a defining challenge of our time, and I believe that higher education can lead the way in creating the needed educational, research and operational changes to fight it.”
The ACUPCC Steering Committee is comprised of more than 20 university and college presidents and is staffed and supported by Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit organization, with additional support provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
As part of his membership with the ACUPCC Steering Committee, Gibralter is responsible for assuring the integrity, credibility and success of the ACUPCC and creating policy and direction for the organization. He also joins other committee members in serving as the “public face” of ACUPCC, providing assistance in fundraising efforts and participating in outreach to signatory and non-signatory presidents and presidential associations.
Gibralter’s appointment to the ACUPCC’s Steering Committee is just the latest development in FSU’s growing advocacy and focus on becoming a more sustainable campus dedicated to environmental education and advocacy. The University’s relationship with the ACUPCC began in 2007, when FSU became a signatory institution and established a sustainability initiative led by campuswide representatives that evolved into “Learning Green, Living Green,” the committee that leads the University’s efforts on sustainability. Since 2007, FSU’s accomplishments have included successfully submitting a Climate Action Plan in September 2009, as part of the pledge it made to the ACUPCC, which will guide FSU to climate neutrality by 2030. Over the past several years, FSU has also developed a variety of activities and programs to help the campus learn about sustainability, including an annual Earth Week celebration; participation in the national RecycleMania competition; and “E=(LG)2,” a student-written, student-edited publication on sustainability, the only one of its kind. FSU has an Energy Star purchasing policy and has installed high-efficiency lighting and low-flow showerheads, which have not only saved electricity and water, but also have saved FSU close to $40,000 in utility costs. Additionally, FSU’s Department of Physics and Engineering is moving forward with building a Sustainable Energy Research Facility – or SERF – with grants from the Department of Energy. SERF will be a green, self-sufficient, off-the-grid building and an educational research center for renewable energy connected to the Allegany Business Center at FSU. The University established a sustainability studies minor in fall 2010 and was recently listed in Princeton Review’s “Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” a publication designed to “recognize the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country.”
As a collective effort of more than 680 institutions, representing more than 5.7 million students – about one-third of the nation’s college students – the ACUPCC serves as a vehicle for showcasing the leadership of the higher education sector. The ACUPCC has already gained extraordinary momentum in the academic community, with more than 682 signatories to date – and counting.
"Colleges and universities must lead the effort to reverse global warming for the health and well-being of current and future generations," said Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University and co-chair of the ACUPCC Steering Committee. "On behalf of all the signatories, I welcome Dr. Gibralter to the Steering Committee; we are honored and pleased to have him join us."
For more information about the ACUPCC, visit www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.
To learn more about FSU’s focus on sustainability, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on Facebook, you can also become a fan of the “Learning Green, Living Green at FSU (LGLG)” Facebook Page at facebook.com/frostburglglg.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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