FSU, UMCP Presidents Join 284 University Leaders in "Climate Neutral" Pact
(June 13, 2007) - University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) President C.
Dan Mote, Jr. was among a group of 70 university leaders who pledged to reduce
their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions and increase their institutions'
efforts to reduce human impact on the earth's environment during a news
conference held Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Washington, DC. As a signatory to
the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Mote
joins USM colleague Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University
(FSU), and more than 284 institutions nationwide to sign on to this historic
"climate neutral" pact.
"We must all take significant, lasting action steps to
preserve our environment," said Mote. "The University
of Maryland has long been committed
to environmental sustainability. Our Master Plan calls for a range of
strategies and initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life on campus and
contribute to national and international environmental efforts. The Presidents'
Commitment offers Maryland
another opportunity to contribute to this critical issue."
"I am very excited about what is happening and feel that we
are doing something positive and productive for all the right reasons," said
Gibralter, who signed the ACUPCC in April. As a member of ACUPCC
Leadership Circle, he is a public advocate of the
climate neutral initiative, helping to recruit colleagues to join.
University leaders who have signed the ACUPCC pledge to
identify and implement steps to reduce their campuses' greenhouse gas
Setting up a mechanism (committee, task force,
office, etc.) within two months to guide the process;
Completing an inventory of greenhouse gas
emissions within one year;
Creating and implementing a climate neutral plan
(that includes a target date and interim milestones for achieving campus
climate neutrality) within two years;
Taking two of six steps specified in the
commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while a comprehensive plan is
Integrating sustainability into the curriculum
and making it part of the educational experience;
Making the action plan, inventory and periodic
progress reports publicly available.
For more information on the ACUPCC as well as FSU's and UMCP's climate
neutral efforts, visit the following sites:
American College &
University Presidents Climate Commitment
President Joins Leadership Circle in American College & University
Presidents Climate Commitment
of Maryland Commits to "Climate Neutral" Campus; President C. Dan Mote Takes a
Leadership Role in Global Warming Fight
Contact: John Buettner