WASHINGTON, D.C. – Frostburg State University was recognized for its commitment to sustainability and environmental education with a Second Nature’s Second Annual Climate Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership June 23 at the Fifth Annual American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Summit.
“I'm really proud to accept this award on behalf of Frostburg State University,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, who attended the summit and was present to receive the honor in person. “Our success in making sustainability a central part of our identity and educational mission has involved everything from expanding our academic offerings to helping our students understand how their daily activities impact the environment.”
The Second Nature Climate Leadership Award is given to colleges and university presidents showing excellence in sustainability. The university must be a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and a member in good standing with the organization. University and college presidents, chancellors and implementation liaisons are nominated by each other according to their institutions’ climate leadership efforts.
The nominations are evaluated and winners are then selected by members of the Second Nature Board who are not affiliated with ACUPCC institutions along with the Second Nature Staff.
The Climate Leadership Award recognizes FSU’s sustainability initiative, “Learning Green, Living Green. (LGLG),” engaging students, faculty, staff and community members to develop and coordinate programs and projects that create solutions to environmental, social and economic needs. LGLG and a faculty-led Sustainability Studies Committee, which oversees FSU’s interdisciplinary sustainability studies minor, have spearheaded a number of campus projects, including organizing an array of educational events and lectures focusing on environmental education and leadership and producing “E=(LG)2,” the only-known magazine on sustainability that is 100 percent written and edited by college students. FSU is also home to a wind-solar-energy system and offers renewable energy workshops to the community. FSU was recognized in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” which highlights institutions that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability through their campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
Since joining the ACUPCC, Gibralter’s commitment to sustainability has led to leadership roles on the Maryland Commission on Climate Change Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Working Group, the Second Nature National Transportation Policy Task Force and the ACUPCC Steering Committee.
Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit organization, works with colleges and universities to create a healthy world now and in the future, and is the primary supporting organization of the ACUPCC. For more information about FSU’s award, visit http://secondnaturebos.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/frostburg-state-university-recognized-for-climate-leadership/.
The ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Launched in early 2007, the ACUPCC is currently comprised of 674 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia – representing nearly six million students and about one third of the U.S. higher education student population. Learn more at: www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 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. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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