Submitted on January 13, 2012; last updated on January 13, 2012
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The ultimate conclusion of this report is that there is no one technology that is going to make Berkeley College carbon neutral. Only with a holistic combination of strategies including alternative power and heating applications such as bio-fuel based combined heat & power and solar photovoltaics, hvac/lighting/controls upgrades, building envelop improvements, and a change in transportation and building use habits, can Berkeley reduce the carbon footprint to zero by 2050 with technology currently available.
Berkeley College has received approval to offer a B.S. Degree in Environmental Management and has begun to enroll students in the program.
The following courses will be required for the major: Environmental Management, Sustainable Enterprise Management, Environmental Regulations and Policy, Environmental Ethics in Business, Green Marketing. These courses will also be available as elective courses for students in other majors. In addition to current Liberal Arts courses, Sustainable Solutions and Environmental Conservation, the following courses are to be recommended for development: Circles of Life, Innovation, and Natural Medicine. All will have a strong focus on sustainability and methods for achieving climate neutrality. In addition, work has begun and will continue to bring the issues of sustainability and climate neutrality into all of our business and liberal arts courses. We are currently tailoring each course to included these concepts, starting with interested individuals. Once we have seen the success of these pilot courses, we will be presenting these options to all faculty
Berkeley College launched Project GreenPath, a program to promote environmental sustainability awareness and coordinate "green" initiatives among the locations and the community.Being "green" is realizing that all human beings are a part of nature and that we have the responsibility and power to apply our knowledge and technology to create a more efficient and sustainable society that doesn't compromise resources or the environment for future generations.We at Berkeley College believe “Earth Is Our Business Too,” and thus, we aspire to create a secure future for all by minimizing the environmental impact of our campuses. We commit to developing a vision of a sustainable future and working toward it by:
-promoting environmental awareness through education.
-encouraging a sense of responsibility in staff, faculty, students, and the community.
-incorporating environmental concerns in all decision making, both personal and professional.
-engaging in best practices to protect the environment.
As an educational institution, Berkeley College recognizes that working toward sustainability is a continuous practice and the need to incorporate the community.
Berkeley College sponsors sustainable events, has a sustainable committee and website, and has shuttle services. Berkeley is working towards having a bus route on campus to reduce emissions from students and staff.
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