Bucknell’s Next Green Steps

I did my presentation yesterday about innovation as it may relate to solutions to global warming.  I’ll get slide share slides up soon.    I annotated my slides in word with links and references.  I wonder how I can get that up and out on line.  Is there any file storage with wordpress?  A link through my own webpage?  Can slide share take a word file and post it?

Here is some news from our Prez, Brian Mitchell, about next steps.  I love the paths, the access to river, and the car and bike borrowing.  At Thursday night’s closing event, I was pleased to make the following announcements:

1.      On behalf of the University, I am signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This commitment, which has been made by more than 475 college presidents across the country, represents the University’s pledge to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, enhance environmental stewardship efforts, and foster the concepts of sustainability and environmental ethics in our curriculum.

2.      To this end, the University is creating a Campus Greening Council that will bring together students, faculty, and staff from across the campus. The Council will evaluate the impact of University policies and practices on the natural environment and the ecology of the campus, including such matters as energy use, air and water emissions, and water resource and waste management. The Council will also conduct periodic environmental audits of the campus. The Bucknell University Environmental Center and its new sustainability coordinator have already completed the first phase of an emissions audit.

3.      Bucknell will take the following steps to protect the natural environment and reduce the University’s ecologic footprint:

·        Consider U.S. Green Building LEED certification for new campus construction costing more than $500,000, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees and consistent with the University’s campus master plan.

·        Purchase Energy Star products that meet the strict efficiency guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

·        Purchase additional alternative fuel vehicles for the campus fleet.

·        Ask the Campus Greening Council to develop programs in which students, staff, and faculty can “borrow” cars and bicycles from the University to reduce the need for personal vehicles on campus.

·        The Campus Master Plan will include strategies for “greening” the campus, establishing hiking and biking trails that link the University with the larger community, and recapturing access to the Susquehanna River.

These initiatives reflect Bucknell’s historic commitment to protecting the natural environment, educating students about related issues, and using our campus as a place where we can not only learn about, but also implement sustainable environmental practices. The University has been proud for more than 35 years to be a leader in this area. These latest steps carry forward the outstanding example set by those who have come before us.

To learn more about these and other planned initiatives, please read the news release posted at http://www.bucknell.edu/x40046.xml.

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