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There are a number of people on campus who deserve credit for Learning Green and Living Green. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work! The following list of categories includes highlighted achievements that occurred in 2009 and 2010. To add to our achievements pages please send an e-mail to lglg@frostburg.edu.

FSU recognized in Princeton Review's "Guide to 286 Green Colleges". In April 2010, Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges was published. Highlighted on page 65, Frostburg State University's accomplishments range from its student-written magazine on sustainability, its pledge to purchase at least 15 percent of energy from renewable sources, and initiatives such as it's low-flow showerhead installation in the FSU residence halls.

Dr. Gibralter appointed to Second Nature's National Transportation Policy Task Force. Dr. Gibralter and other task force members will work in partnership with Transportation for America. Second Nature is a national non-profit that serves and supports senior college and university leaders in making sustainability the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.

Fifth Edition of E=(LG)2 Magazine. In May 2010, students in ENGL 402 (Editing and Production), published and distributed E=(LG)2, 5th edition. Led by English faculty member Sydney Duncan, the magazine is the only known student-written, student-edited publication on sustainability in existence today. For more information, send an e-mail to LGmag@frostburg.edu.

RecyclemaniaRecyclemania 2010. For a third year, FSU participated in Recyclemania, the national collegiate competition in recycling. Results are as follows:

  • Paper Recycling - FSU placed 7th out of 223 institutions.
  • Per-capita Classic - FSU placed 29th out of 346 institutions.
  • Grand Champion Category - FSU placed 31th out of 267 institutions.
  • Waste Minimization Category - FSU placed 133rd out of 199 institutions.

Attendance Up at 2nd Annual Earth Week. Frostburg State University's annual Earth Day celebration had increased attendance from the year before. Close to 1,000 students, faculty and staff, community members, and others attended Focus Frostburg 2010 alone.

FSU hires Sustainability/Safety Coordinator. In April 2010, FSU hired Mr. Lawrence Gingerich as the new coordinator for safety and sustainability. The LGLG committee will work with Mr. Gingerich over the summer of 2010 to transfer leadership before the 2010-2011 academic year.

FSU Physical Plant installs high-efficiency lighting in Cordts PE Center Gymnasiums. FSU expects to annually save 239,460 kW as well as an annual cost savings of $15,943.

Grant for FSU Sustainable Energy Research Facility. Thanks to U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, FSU will construct a Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF) with a grant of $738,000 from the Department of Energy. The project, co-directed by Dr. Oguz Soysal and Hilkat Soysal of FSU’s Department of Physics and Engineering, will be completed in two years.

AASHE Membership. In December 2007, the Learning Green, Living Green Sustainability Initiative at FSU became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education AASHE.
AASHE member

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Congratulations Earth Week 2010 Poster Contest Winners!

1st Place-James Landis
1st Place Winner

2nd Place-Naomi Swann
2nd Place Winner

3rd Place-Andrea Giancola
3rd Place Winner


In the News:

Sept. 15, 2009 - FSU submits its Climate Action Plan, with a goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2030. FSU will begin implementation of all 49 strategic objectives in the plan within two years.

Sept. 9, 2008 - The FSU dept. of Physics and Engineering secured a $738,000 grant that will build a Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF).

Aug. 5 , 2008 - FSU made the grade in having a green campus when it received a score of 85 in the Princeton Review’s “Green Rating” of colleges.

Jan. 17, 2008 - FSU holds Focus the Nation, a national teach-in on global warming solutions.

June 14, 2007 - FSU President Jonathan Gibralter joins the Leadership Circle of the ACUPCC.

April 25, 2007 - FSU becomes a member of the ACUPCC.



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