Georgian Court and EPA to Partner on Sustainability Initiatives
GCU, Federal Officials Set to Sign Official Memorandum of Understanding March 12
Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 6, 2012—Georgian Court University will celebrate its sustainability efforts and expanded partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as outlined in a new Memorandum of Understanding set to be signed by GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., and the EPA’s Lisa Plevin on Monday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus next to the solar array in front of the Wellness Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Ms. Plevin, chief of staff to EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, will join GCU as the campus community pledges to continue reducing its carbon footprint. GCU has also agreed to participate in a range of voluntary EPA programs designed to broaden the university’s sustainability initiatives and further incorporate sustainability practices into the GCU culture.
“While the notion of ‘going green’ has become increasingly popular in recent years, Georgian Court’s vision of sustainability is not limited to being eco-friendly,” says GCU’s President Jeffries, who was one of the original signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment five years ago. “Sustainability is about bringing the earth into balance, and making choices that go beyond what we can live with—it’s about making environmental, social, economic, and personal choices that future generations can live with.”
From the solar panels on campus that help heat and cool academic buildings to GCU’s new minor in sustainability, Georgian Court is dedicated to environmental stewardship in many ways. Monday’s formal agreement with the EPA reinforces that commitment. With the MOU, GCU will:
- Continue to serve as an EnergyStar Partner and promote cost-effective energy solutions;
- Track and assess energy and water consumption of all major buildings on campus, and establish energy reduction goals;
- Continue educating students and community partners about behavioral changes that support sustainability;
- Participate in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program;
- Utilize the EPA’s Greenscapes landscape planning recommendations;
- Continue to evaluate and improve its storm water management and turf management procedures;
- Work within the EPA’s WasteWise program to reduce its solid waste stream;
- Provide the EPA with Green MOU updates that report GCU’s recycling/re-use of materials;
- Participate in the Labs21 Partnership Program in an effort to promote sustainable, high-performance, low-energy laboratories on campus;
- Work to reduce emissions from vehicles and other internal combustion engines used in construction or in facilities maintenance; and
- Commit to using WaterSense guidelines to encourage water conservation.
As part of the agreement, Georgian Court will provide the EPA with an MOU status update each year, beginning September 1, 2012. Data reported to the EPA will be used to determine the environmental benefits associated with the university’s sustainability activities.
For more information about Georgian Court’s special initiatives, visit www.georgian.edu/sustainability.htm, or contact Louise Wootton, Ph.D., GCU Director of Sustainability, at 732.987.2349.
MEDIA NOTE: High-resolution images from Monday’s event will be available to members of the press immediately following the MOU signing, and can be obtained from the Office of Public Information at 732.987.2291 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.
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