Members Attend AASHE Sustainability Conference and Present Findings. In
November 2008, FSU faculty member Kara Rogers Thomas, FSU staff member
Patrick O’Brien, and FSU VISTA member Jeff Sellers attended the
2008 AASHE Sustainability Conference. In a presentation open to the public,
the presenters discussed best practices for sustainability in higher education. View
@ FSU. Thanks
to a grant from the Maryland
Energy Administration, a residential-scale Wind
and Solar Energy (WISE) system became operational in July 2007.
holds 3rd Annual Appalachian Festival. In
fall 2009, the Appalachian
Festival kicked off with a symposium on the Appalachian Environment,
was followed by a film viewing at the Palace theatre, and ended with free
festival admission on FSU grounds.
Renewable Energy Symposium. In fall 2007, the Department of Physics
and members of the Renewable Energy Outreach team organized held the Renewable
Sociology. In spring 2008, a new course entitled Environmental
Sociology was offered by the Department
Seminar. The Department of Biology
sponsored and held FSU's first-ever Sustainability Seminar in fall 2007.
@ FSU. The new Ethnobotany
major was introduced at FSU in Fall 2007.
go Paperless. During fall 2007, the Graduate Council and the
Academic Affairs Committee switched to paperless formats.
Sustainability Course. In fall 2007, Environment and a Green
Society was added to the Learning Community roster.
Energy Grant. Faculty members in the Department of Physics
received a grant from the Maryland
Energy Administration to study renewable energy.
Groups in Action
Represents the Maryland Student Climate Coalition. In February
2008, the Maryland Student Climate Coalition (MSCC), which includes two
FSU students, petitioned for a system-wide policy for climate neutrality.
That same day, the USM announced plans for a system-wide
Days at FSU. On Oct. 30, the Sierra Student Coalition began hosting
Blackout Day. During this regular event, FSU students, faculty, and staff make special
efforts to conserve energy, particularly between noon and 1pm.
In spring 2008, students began meeting informally to pursue interests
in sustainability, and participating in activities that add up to big
Shift 2007. In fall 2007, members of the FSU Sierra Student Coalition
participated in Power
Shift, a national youth summit in Washington, DC.
Campus Ministry Dialogue. In fall 2007, the United Campus Ministry
presented Saving the Earth: An Interfaith Dialogue on the Environment.
Bottom Line. In
spring 2008, FSU's student newspaper, The
Bottom Line, began recycling spent ink jet cartridges and copier
Staff and Administration
FSU Physical Plant installs low-flow shower heads in all Residence Halls. This resulted in 100,000 gallons of water saved every month, and a cost savings of $2,000 per month.
Vehicles at FSU. In
April 2008, six 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles were added to the FSU
earns high marks in Princeton Review's "Green Ratings". In
August 2008, FSU made the grade in having a green campus when it received
a score of 85 in the Princeton Review’s “Green Rating”
of colleges. FSU’s score of 85 is in the top half of that ranking.
Cultural Events Series (CES) organizes concert inspired by Appalachian
culture and people. Singer-songwriter
Kathy Mattea performed in Frostburg as part of her Moving Mountains
hires a Recycling Coordinator. In
spring 2008 FSU hired its first employee to focus exclusively on the collection
and transport of recycled items.
Bookstore Recycling Plastic Bags. In
spring 2008, the FSU Bookstore began a program for recycling plastic bags
Greenhouse Gas Inventory. In fall 2007, FSU Facilities submitted
a greenhouse gas emissions inventory using the Clean
Air, Cool Planet carbon calculator.
Printing. In fall 2007, the Mail and Printing Services department
started offering recycled paper and soy inks.
Directory Goes Paperless. The FSU
Employee Directory went paperless and since fall 2007, has been available
Paper for the University Community. In
January 2008, the Office of Procurement began campus-wide distribution
of 30 percent recycled paper.
Printing and Advertising. In
spring 2008, the FSU Office of Publications announced a campaign for green
printing and advertising, using recycled paper and soy inks whenever possible.
Climate Commitment. In spring of 2007, FSU president Jonathan
Gibralter signed the American
College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC),
making FSU a charter member.
Gibralter co-chairs sub-group within Maryland Climate Change Commission.
spring 2008, Dr. Gibralter was selected to co-chair the sub-group on Education
and Outreach for the Maryland
Commission on Climate Change.
Membership on State Committees. In
fall 2007, Dr. Gibralter became a member of the Greenhouse Gas & Carbon
Mitigation Working Group, a part of Governor O'Malley's Maryland
Commission on Climate Change.