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Sustainability

 

In 2007, Freeman Hrabowski, UMBC’s President, signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and what a positive difference it has made!

This committed UMBC to develop a plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible, to immediately initiate a number of tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gases, and to make our action plan, greenhouse gas inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available.

Shortly after signing the ACUPCC, UMBC’s Climate Change Task Force (CCTF) was formed. Comprised of UMBC faculty, staff, and students, the CCTF is charged with advising President Hrabowski on strategies to reduce UMBC’s greenhouse gas emissions, engaging the campus community in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting research and education on the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. The CCTF is now comprised of four workgroups that focus on different elements of sustainability: Energy & Waste Management, Transportation, Outreach, and Research & Education.

EmmissionsWhat actions has the University taken so far to honor our commitment to become a more sustainable campus?

Upgrade our building systems – numerous efficiency projects and initiatives have been implemented. Energy Related Initiatives

Change our standards – with efficient campus standards and energy-conservation guidelines.  Energy Conservation

Shop for renewable sources of energy -. Renewal Sources

Support transportation alternatives –  TAG UMBC

Recycle and reuseRecycling and Composting

Build greener buildings – New construction is being designed to a minimum of LEED Silver. The Patapsco Hall Addition and the Performing Arts and Humanities Building both received LEED Gold Certification.

Coordinate sustainability efforts – In 2012, UMBC hired a full-time employee focused solely on sustainability. Tanvi Gadhia (tanvig1@umbc.edu).is UMBC’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator.

What results have we had? In the first 7 years UMBC reduced carbon emissions by 14.4% despite a 20% increase in student enrollments and a 6% increase in building spaces.
For more information on Sustainability Matters at UMBC, go to http://sustainability.umbc.edu/