Tackling Climate Change in Higher Education: One University at a Time

By Peter Mark Jansson, John Imperatore and Donald Farish.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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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

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.73-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 532.718KB).

Dr. Peter Mark Jansson

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Jansson is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rowan University and teaches DC and AC circuits, power system engineering, renewable energy systems and freshman through senior engineering clinics. He worked in the power industry for nearly 20 years before entering academe after completing his PhD in Innovation in Electricity at Cambridge. His interests include sustainable design, Mach’s Principle, active learning technologies for engineering students and energy engineering. He is also an active consultant as the president of Integrated Systems where he performs design engineering for renewable energy systems and energy conservation. He is Vice President of the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability and lectures frequently on methods for mitigating climate change.

John Imperatore

Director - Resource Planning, Facilities Management, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

Donald Farish

President, Executive Administration, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA


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