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Frostburg Grows Project a Finalist for National Sustainability Award

Voting Open from April 1 to 15 for Separate Video Competition

Frostburg State University’s innovative Frostburg Grows partnership is among 20 higher education finalists for this year's Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature is recognizing the 20 colleges and universities that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) of addressing sustainability through education, research, and community engagement.  

As part of Earth Month celebrations, these institutions will be highlighted throughout the month of April in a video competition and in Second Nature's Celebrating Sustainability series. Voting takes place here:

The Frostburg Grows: Grow It Local Greenhouse Project joins FSU in partnership with the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council to convert a reclaimed strip mine and parking lot for FEMA trailers into a greenhouse complex designed to serve multiple purposes.

Operated completely off the grid, this complex is teaching local growers to make better use of their land to increase the availability of local food, cultivating native tree seedlings for stream buffers and other restoration projects, and providing a living classroom for FSU students.

“The innovative approaches and actions that these institutions are taking in the pursuit of sustainability, both on campus and in the community, are making enormous impacts,” said David Hales, President of Second Nature. “They are showing critical leadership and their successes further strengthen progress made by the ACUPCC network.”

Starting today, 18 of the institutions will be vying for the most votes in a nationwide public video-voting competition. In partnership with, an innovative environmental media project based at The George Washington University, the video competition will run from April 1-15. Each institution has produced a video that promotes its own innovative sustainability efforts. Viewers are asked to vote on the most groundbreaking institution in several institutional categories.

Additionally, Second Nature will also host a Celebrating Sustainability series, in which this year's CLA finalists will be featured every business day on the Second Nature and ACUPCC homepages for their cutting-edge work to promote campus sustainability.

“It is an honor to once again host the Climate Leadership Awards video competition on The contest reflects the great marketplace of ideas in sustainability and promotes our core mission -- to harness the power of digital media and storytelling to elevate innovative solutions that can move the planet forward," says Frank Sesno, host and creator of Planet Forward, and Director of the GW School of Media and Public Affairs.

The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards are held annually to recognize innovative and advanced leadership in climate mitigation, adaptation, and institutionalizing sustainability at signatory campuses of the ACUPCC. Selection of award winners is done independently of the video voting competition. 

For more information about Frostburg Grows, call 301-687-3136, visit or search for Frostburg Grows on Facebook.

About Second Nature

Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. Second Nature is the supporting organization of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  Learn more at:

About the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment

The ACUPCC is an active partnership among approximately 680 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research, and community engagement needed to slow and stop human-induced climate change while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations.  Learn more at:

About Planet Forward:

Planet Forward is a multimedia project based out of The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Planet Forward engages young people and innovators in search of solutions to the biggest challenges facing our planet. Through media, teaching and convening we empower new voices and elevate compelling ideas. Learn more at:


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