Sunday, January 11, 2009

Green Campus Movement

Did you know that many US college presidents are working in a concerted effort to green our nations campuses?

Signatories of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment agree to institute proactive measures to cut campus emissions and waste. The document specifies several areas of action including a commitment to design new buildings to meet or exceed the US Green Building Council's LEED silver designation.

FYI: LEED has four levels of certification - certified, silver, gold, and platinum. The lowest level, Certified, indicates that some measures have been taken to minimize the building's carbon footprint. A Platinum designation is meted out for an A++ in sustainability; not many currently exist. Silver and Gold are somewhere in between.

President Martha Dunagin Saunders of the University of Southern Mississippi (where I am teaching a sustainability seminar this spring) signed the document when she was chancelor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and then again as president of USM.

To view the commitment - it's only two pages, go for it - click here:

And check to see if the leader of your institution of higher learning is a signatory.

1 comment:

James Polk said...

My friend Robert sent me a link for the University of Wisconsin's new geothermal-powered building.