Centre makes specific commitments to create a greener campus
RELEASED: February 7, 2008
Centre President John Roush was one of the charter signatories of the ACUPCC and is among a group of college and university presidents leading the charge of environmental awareness.
"The Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC) represents an impetus for the College to take action on environmental initiatives and sends a clear signal that to be an educated person is to care about the ecological welfare of this nation and this world," Roush says.
Preston Miles, chemistry professor and chair of the President's environmental advisory committee, adds, "The immediate steps for Centre will certainly be energy and resource conservation. And it is at this level that our participation in the PCC will be useful. PCC will give us a framework to evaluate specific actions. For instance: How do we decide between low-flow showerheads and electric maintenance vehicles; between organic lawn care and a policy on double-sided printing or those waterless urinals? We may eventually pursue many or maybe most of these things. But which comes first? It's here that I think the PCC can help us."
Centre has chosen to adopt the following three steps as outlined by the ACUPCC for immediate implementation:
1.) Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent. All new buildings and major renovations will be designed and built to conserve energy and enhance the human environment as evaluated by LEED silver standards or equivalent. Certification through U.S.G.B.C. will be pursued as appropriate.
2.) Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy, requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist. Energy consumption and life-cycle costs will be considered in purchases of all equipment and appliances. The intention will be to purchase E.P.A. Energy Star products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
3.) Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt three or more associated measures to reduce waste. Waste minimization will be promoted and pursued by policy and practice. Specific activities will depend upon technical and economic opportunities. Current efforts include:
Commenting on Centre's partnership in the PCC, Miles says, "The larger question is sustainability, how our institution can meet our goals and objectives in the present without restricting the opportunities of future generations of Centre learners. Certainly energy and resource conservation are the biggest part of how we will start to address sustainability. But more importantly, sustainability is a framework for how we think about programs and facilities. To my mind, this is exactly consistent with our institution's history and current practice. Centre has never jumped into 'trendy' majors or programs, but rather has evolved with fundamental changes reflecting the needs and opportunities of our students."
Roush comments further, "The College has and will continue to evaluate ways in which it can meet its obligation to a more green environment in ways that make sense within the context of our operation. It is the right thing to do for ourselves and all those who will follow."
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