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Learning Green, Living Green

This page provides updates on the LGLG Initiative and related activities. Submit your own updates to lglg@frostburg.edu.

FSU becomes a registrant of AASHE STARS. LGLG will submit a report for the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment Rating System (STARS) during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Constellation Energy EcoStar Grant to Support Campus-wide Energy Audit. Thanks to Constellation Energy, students, faculty and staff at Frostburg State University will be able to move forward with a campuswide energy audit this fall, as part of FSU’s ongoing efforts to become a more sustainable campus.

Sustainable Operations

Building Operation and Maintenance. Frostburg State University is committed to sustainable operations and maintenance within existing buildings to reduce the environmental impact of each building. Building maintenance, building custodial products, recycling activities, indoor air quality, water use and building alteration will be completed using environmentally sustainable methods.

Building Design and Construction. Frostburg State University is committed to sustainable building construction and renovation. As such, it is the University’s practice to design and construct new buildings using LEED guidelines. Building renovations include recycled materials for flooring and ceiling materials, T5 lighting or better and paints containing no volatile organic compounds. Existing doors and hardware are refinished and reused when possible.

Cleaning Products Purchasing. In an effort to make the Frostburg State University campus a more sustainable and ecologically friendly campus, the housekeeping staff will purchase, be supplied with and use “Green Seal Certified” cleaning agents and paper goods and “Green Friendly” disinfectants.

Office Paper Purchasing. Frostburg State University is committed to purchasing office paper with a minimum of 30 percent recycled content.

LED Exit Signs. The University recently replaced over 800 incandescent electric exit signs across campus with LED exit signs.  The new LED signs use approximately seven percent of the energy of their predecessors.  FSU expects to save approximately 45,552 KWH (or about $4,000) annually.

Performing Arts Center Lighting. The current lighting system of the Performing Arts Center is being replaced with high efficiency lamps, which will result in approximately a 50 percent reduction in electrical energy usage for lighting.

Occupancy Sensors. In collaboration with the Allegheny Power rebate program, FSU has installed occupancy sensors in Gunter Hall, Guild Hall, and the Stangle Building.  Annual savings are estimated to be in the range of $5000-$8000 per year.

LGLG Executive Board
The LGLG Executive Board is responsible for promoting, developing, and monitoring projects or segments of projects related to environmental sustainability at FSU. Current membership includes:

  • Sydney Duncan, Department of English
  • Lawrence Gingerich, Facilities
  • Patrick O'Brien, Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Kara Rogers Thomas, Department of Sociology
  • Jeff Sellers, Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Ann Townsell, Media and Publications
  • Monika Urbanski, Planning, Assessment, Institutional Research

LGLG Committee-At-Large
The LGLG Committee-at-large is a membership that is open to any student, faculty or staff member, alum, or community representative who is interested in sustainability on campus and in the community. LGLG members work  to  implement specific projects or segments of projects related to LGLG initiatives and goals outlined in FSU’s Climate Action Plan.

Meeting Documents

May 17, 2011 - Agenda
April 19, 2011 - Agenda
February 15, 2011 - Agenda

November 16, 2010 - Agenda
October 19, 2010 - Agenda
August 17, 2010 retreat - Agenda

May 13, 2010 - Agenda - Minutes

April 8, 2010 - Agenda
March 25, 2010 - Agenda - Minutes
February 25, 2010 - Agenda - Minutes
January 28, 2010 - Agenda - Minutes

December 10, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes
November 12, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes
October 8, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes
August 20, 2009 - Agenda
July 23, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes

June 25, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes
April 9, 2009 - Agenda
March 26, 2009 - Agenda
March 12, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes
February 26, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes

February 12, 2009 - Agenda - Minutes
January 29, 2009 - Agenda

November 13, 2008 - Agenda - Minutes
September 17, 2008 - Agenda - Minutes
April 15, 2008 - Agenda - Minutes
February 19, 2008 - Agenda - Minutes

December 4, 2007 - Agenda - Minutes
November 13-14, 2007 - Agenda - Minutes
October 15, 2007 - Agenda - Minutes


FSU's Climate Action Plan

Learn more about FSU's plans for climate neutrality and sustainability actions




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