Sustainability initiatives at Southwestern University
February 19, 2009
GEORGETOWN, TX — Southwestern University President Jake Schrum signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment which formally commits campuses to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions over time and educate students about climate neutrality, according to Community Impact.
Since 2006, more than 600 colleges and universities in all 50 states have signed the agreement; Southwestern becomes the 18th in Texas to sign it, the story stated.
Schrum said: "Colleges and universities like Southwestern who believe in their core values have an obligation to be models for their students'' support for sustainability, which is absolutely crucial to saving our planet."
Some of the sustainability initiatives enacted at Southwestern include making recycling bins available in all campus offices, phasing in the use of green cleaning products, going trayless in dining halls and taking various steps to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the story noted.
The university is currently working with the City of Georgetown on the possibility of buying electricity generated from wind power, the story added.
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