Universty at Albany

Campus Update

UAlbany Promotes Commitment to Sustainability by Signing Agreement
Interim President George M. Philip signs American College and University
Presidents Climate Commitment as campus readies for annual Cleanup Day

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UAlbany Goes Green
UAlbany commits to "going green."
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 5, 2008) -- University at Albany-SUNY Interim President George M. Philip today 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.

"We are making strides in becoming a more environmentally responsible campus and signing this document reflects the University's intentions to remain steadfast in its commitment to addressing these critical global challenges," said Philip.

"We have already taken measures as a campus community to become more environmentally-friendly and I look forward to continue working together to discuss how we can achieve carbon neutrality and further examine our institutional processes and behaviors," said Mary Ellen Mallia, director of Environmental Sustainability.

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.

Other University-wide initiatives include:

Events and activities scheduled throughout the year to educate and engage the campus also include Campus Cleanup and the Farmer's Market, featuring locally grown produce and sponsored by Chartwells.

The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment recognizes the unique leadership role and obligation that institutions of higher education have in responding to the global climate crisis. UAlbany joins more than 520 other institutions in a collective effort to reduce carbon emissions across the United States.

Specifically, the Commitment calls for:

For more information on going green, visit UAlbany's Go Green Web site.

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