Submitted on December 11, 2009; last updated on September 3, 2010
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Franklin & Marshall College plans on focusing resources directly on reducing the Colleges carbon footprint by implementing tangible actions on campus. The expectation is to maintain renewable energy credits and carbon offsets at current levels, and consider purchasing of carbon offsets at each project milestone date.
As an ACUPCC signatory we have initiated two tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gas at Franklin & Marshall College; implemented a Sustainable Building Policy and Energy Star Policy. The purpose of these policies is to demonstrate the Colleges commitment to environmental, economic, and social stewardship, to yield cost savings through reduced operating costs, to provide healthy environments for students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to contribute to the Colleges goal of protecting, conserving, and enhancing the regions and States environmental resources.
Franklin & Marshall College Facilities Management practices are routinely reviewed and modified to develop best practices for operations that are environmentally sensitive and have minimal impact on the environment. The priority is to reduce or eliminate damage to the environment and assist in reducing F&Ms direct and indirect emissions.
HEATING AND COOLING GUIDELINES
BUILDING HEAT AND ENVELOPE IMPROVEMENTS
FLEET AND TRANSPORTATION
At Franklin & Marshall College our mission is to foster a deep interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability and environmental stewardship concepts and topics, both theoretical and practical, to nurture innovative and creative leadership strategies, and to broaden an appreciation of the natural world across our campus.
Our mission embodies the belief that sustainability and stewardship, as informed by the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, are inextricably linked in understanding humanity's place in the contemporary world.
PROGRAM AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
Establish a Science Advisory Board
Launch Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment.
Establish Wohlsen Scholars and Faculty Funds for Research
Establish a curricular program of workshops
Establish a research station or field station
Establishment of a research station or field station at Millport Conservancy or Baker Woodlands where classes and researchers can work in a laboratory setting on site, field equipment can be housed, and long-term monitoring databases can be kept going year-round. Establish an F&M homestead at Baker Campus or Millport Conservancy where moderate scale gardens produce some food for the campus and/or for the local food banks and shelters. If this were to occur at Millport Conservancy, student(s) +/- a faculty or staff person could potentially live at Millport Conservancy for a semester and earn course credit for a program of study that included farming the homestead. Potentially, the research station and homestead would be completely integrated.
Continue Sustainability Committee as an active group on campus.
Establish a Scholar/Artist/Musician-in-residence position:
Establish a Staff Council
Establish Green Spheres of Influence that radiate out from the Franklin &
Marshall College campus to encompass the James Street Improvement District and City Life areas, eventually spreading farther into the city and township. The Green Spheres of Influence would be zones where F&M expertise and guidance would help local residences and businesses become more sustainable and environmentally savvy.
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