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Frostburg State Signs American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge
12/08/2015

As part of Frostburg State University’s ongoing commitment to securing a sustainable world for future generations, Interim President Thomas Bowling recently reiterated that longstanding objective by signing the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge.

This renewed commitment, echoed by more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation, played a critical role in the U.S. effort to seek meaningful international commitments at the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris, which are ongoing through Dec. 11.

FSU is part of a broad, robust network of higher education institutions committed to bold and significant climate actions on their campuses. While this coalition of campuses is working hard to mitigate and reduce their own impacts on the climate, climate change is a global problem necessitating a global solution. FSU recognizes the urgent need for the international community to act immediately to put our planet on a path to a low-carbon energy future. These Climate Leadership Commitments are a key driving force for transformative change.

In FSU’s pledge, FSU has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030 and create thresholds for increasing resilience against a changing climate; incorporate carbon neutrality and climate resilience into the curriculum and educational experiences for all students; expand research into sustainable energy usage, carbon neutrality and climate resilience; compost campus food waste for use in Frostburg Grows, which provides local, sustainable organic produce to campus food services; plan future construction projects to LEED Gold standards or higher; and reduce power consumption by replacing traditional lighting fixtures with more efficient lighting technology.

FSU first announced its commitment to fighting climate change in April 2007, when then-President Jonathan Gibralter signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a national pact that united higher education leaders in efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate their campuses’ greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, FSU was awarded Second Nature’s Second Annual Climate Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership. FSU has also been regularly named in Princeton Review’s annual Guide to Green Colleges.

For more information about FSU’s commitment to sustainability, visit the Learning Green, Living Green Facebook page at www.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. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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