Frostburg State University was recently included in Sierra magazine’s sixth annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” a salute to U.S. colleges that are helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably. FSU ranked 66th alongside other schools like the University of Montana, the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and Florida Gulf Coast University. The University of Maryland, College Park, a fellow University System of Maryland institution, also made the list at 73.
The complete ranking, along with stories about the winning schools’ environmental efforts, are online at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools.
“We are honored by the Sierra Club’s recognition,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “FSU is committed to making sustainability a part of our institutional culture, through the efforts of our sustainability initiative, Learning Green, Living Green, our faculty-led Sustainability Studies Minor Committee, our focus on renewable energy research and educational outreach and other projects and resources. I feel confident our students, faculty, staff and community members and partners will continue making great strides in supporting sustainability at Frostburg.”
While researching the schools that are making a difference for the planet, Sierra evaluated actions taken toward improving sustainability across many realms, including energy sourcing, infrastructure, transportation and academics.
“Over the last six years, Sierra has been privileged to connect with and learn from traditional institutions evolving in nontraditional ways,” said Bob Sipchen, Sierra magazine’s editor-in-chief. “With their ever-growing emphasis on environmental responsibility, these schools are channeling the enthusiasm of their students, who consistently cite climate disruption and other environmental issues as the most serious challenges their generation must confront, while demonstrating leadership for other civic institutions.”
Participation in Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. This year, campus administrators could participate by going to stars.aashe.org to complete an extensive questionnaire about their school’s sustainability practices. The survey, officially called the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, is the result of the collaborative efforts of four organizations: the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Princeton Review. Its questions center on measurable environmental goals and achievements, with priority given to achievements.
Sierra is the official publication of the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 1.4 million members and supporters nationwide. The Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of the nation’s communities, protect wildlife and preserve remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation. For more information, visit www.sierramagazine.com.
To learn more about FSU’s focus on sustainability, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or 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 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.