Thursday, August 2, 2012

Queens College Sustainability Mission

As reviewed in Queens College Mission statement, the school is serious about being green. Their campus is steeped in the culture of sustainability making them a model for the community. The school follows the well accepted approach outlined in the 1987 Brundtland Report (“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.) They have a Sustainability Council that oversees the execution their Strategic Plan to be carbon neutral.

Queens College is committed to energy reduction through efficiency. Their construction and renovation projects are environmentally sound and they make extensive use of recycled materials. They are reducing the overall waste and they have a robust recycling program. Further, they are becoming a “paperless” campus which uses only “green” products.

They promote water conservation initiatives and sustainable practices in their dining services. They also encourage their faculty, students, and staff to consider forms of transportation with less impact on the environment. Queens College also supports important environmental research.

Perhaps most importantly, through their environmentally oriented educational programs they work to inform their student body to be good stewards of the environment.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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