FSU Aiming for Climate Neutrality by 2030
Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter today finalized the University's Climate Action Plan and submitted it to the campus community and the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). With a goal of climate neutrality by 2030, FSU will begin implementation of all 49 strategic initiatives in the plan within two years.
The plan documents FSU’s commitment to reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions and outlines initiatives designed to achieve an overall goal of climate neutrality as well as a set of steps that will teach students the skills they will need to help society do the same.
“One of the greatest challenges we face today is the threat of global warming. Our nation’s colleges and universities should be the leaders in both action and education that set the stage for the mitigation of carbon dioxide and turn us from our current path. The faculty, staff and students of Frostburg State University took this to heart and spent the better part of two years drafting our Climate Action Plan,” Gibralter said. “In it, we will develop and implement strategies to become carbon neutral by 2030. This is a goal I truly believe we can and will accomplish.”
The CAP provides a framework that will guide FSU; it is divided into five structured areas to ensure a multifaceted approach to addressing climate neutrality:
Mitigation Strategies – Implementing strategies that will reduce FSU’s carbon footprint
Education – Strengthening environmental sustainability studies throughout all areas of the curriculum to ensure that every FSU student is exposed
Research – Providing FSU students, faculty and staff opportunities to engage in research opportunities relating to climate change and environmental sustainability
Outreach – Connecting with all FSU constituents to promote sustainability and encourage others to get involved
Finance – Identifying ways to finance the CAP, faculty research relating to environmental sustainability as well as Learning Green, Living Green (LGLG) as a whole
FSU has already made a number of moves toward reducing its carbon imprint, from adding hybrid vehicles to its fleet and mandating the purchase of Energy Star appliances to promoting research into renewable energy, the most visible example being the WISE (Wind-Solar Energy) wind turbine and solar array helping to power the Fuller House on campus. Student groups have been promoting recycling and energy savings with “Blackout Days,” encouraging lights-out in unused offices and classrooms. FSU rated an 85 in “The Princeton Review’s” Green Rating Honor Roll.
These efforts have been coordinated by LGLG, the University's broad-based green campus initiative. To learn more, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg.
As a signatory of the ACUPCC, FSU receives support and resources designed to help the school achieve the outlined climate objectives and has access to a supportive network of peer institutions that share insights into best practices.
Six hundred fifty college and university presidents have joined the ACUPCC, a comprehensive climate change initiative through which schools are committing to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on their campuses, dedicate research and programs to the development of climate change solutions and train their students to address the climate crisis on graduation. Gibralter was a charter signatory and is a member of the ACUPCC leadership circle.
“I congratulate Frostburg State University on its commitment to climate neutrality and for contributing to this first sector-wide effort at creating climate action plans,” said Toni Nelson, program director of the ACUPCC. “The collective impact of schools throughout the nation fighting climate change is tremendous,” she added.
Launched in 2007, the ACUPCC is a network of 650 signatory schools, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This high-visibility effort to address global warming garners institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. The ACUPCC is led by a Steering Committee comprised of more than 20 university and college presidents, including three co-chairs: Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; Mary Spangler, chancellor of Houston Community College; and David Shi, president of Furman University. The lead supporting organization of the initiative is the national nonprofit Second Nature, based in Boston. For more information, visit www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
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