(May 7, 2008)
Going Green: UAlbany Promotes Green Campus By Signing Climate Commitment AgreementUniversity at Albany-SUNY Interim President George M. Philip further demonstrated UAlbany's commitment to sustainability and to reducing its environmental impact by signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Under the agreement, the University pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become climate-neutral. Philip signed the agreement on the eve of the University's annual Campus Cleanup Day.
UAlbany has implemented several initiatives to promote environmental sustainability on campus. In January, the University named Mallia as director of Environmental Sustainability, a newly-created position devoted to support the campus' sustainability efforts, including the work of UAlbany's Environmental Sustainability Task Force.
Created in February 2006, the Task Force addresses the state of the University's sustainability policies and practices through the work of six committees; tracks conditions in areas ranging from energy use to waste management; and recommends ways to raise awareness and promote a culture that supports sustainability.