Submitted on November 3, 2009; last updated on November 3, 2009
We are planning on a 25% reduction by 2020. We believe attaining full neutrality will require efforts at the State and National levels in energy generation, transmission and consumption modifications.
Recycle 50% of current waste stream by 2015.
We are utilizing both short and long term goals to reduce energy consumption, improve our built environment to be more attractive and create more green spaces and buildings. We are reducing the size of offices and common areas to reduce our total footprint and energy consumption. We are exploring combined cycle fuel cell palnts and photovoltaic energy production in the long term.We are looking at non traditional hours and telecommuting to reduce the need for space and commuting. All future construction will be at least LEED Silver. We are working with our research community to reduce the number of air changes per hour required for lab safety. We are also working on a Green Purchasing program to encourage the use of green products.
We are working with the academic community to identify courses that lend themselves to sustainable topics. We have created a "Go Green" room in our new Campus Center to highlight sustainable issues and practices. We have created a "Go Green" section of the campus newspaer, The Voice, to address sustainable issues and encourage participation.
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We are encouraging paperless activites and information transfer. We have created a campus wide web site to highlight our Sustainability Steering Committee activities at http://www.umbfm.umaryland.edu/sus/sus.cfm
We also encourage sustainability with our student leaders who are part of our Sustainability Steering Committee.
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