Setting the example for industry, government and the populace to follow to meet our ethical and moral obligation to protect the Earth is the call to action at this university in New Jersey. Under the leadership of a strong president the campus community is being steered toward the creation of a truly sustainable campus which has committed to become climate neutral in its overall ecological footprint. For an organization that has doubled its enrollment and square footage over the past two decades this is a daunting challenge. The commitment made by our president (in the American College and University’s Presidents Climate Commitment) has called for the development of plans that can achieve the goal in the future. This paper describes some of the many near term results and activities that have placed us on the road to achieving this commitment and were responsible for the university being recognized as New Jersey’s 2007 School of the Year by the NJ Office of Clean Energy. The paper provides a list of activities and measures being considered (and implemented) at the university which may become exemplars for other universities leading the way to become climate neutral and prove that such aspirations are possible for the balance of our communities on planet Earth.
|Keywords:||Sustainability, Climate Change, University Action, Climate Challenge Commitment, Climate Neutrality, Global Warming, Renewable Energy, Conservation|
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