Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UMD Proves It Is Easy Being Green

Fall foliage may be burning red, orange and yellow these days, but the University of Maryland, College Park is turning green.

UMCP's 2008 Strategic Plan laid a course for the university to become a national green campus model and carbon neutral by 2050. The plan set a benchmark goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2015.

There's evidence that its efforts are paying off.

The university has reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 4.2 percent between 2005 and 2008, to 307,681 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to a survey for the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card.

That figure is equivalent to roughly 7.3 metric tons emitted per full-time student in 2008, down from 7.8 metric tons three years ago, the survey showed...

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