Fairfield University's Campus Sustainability Committee present Campus Sustainability Plan

Image: SustainabilityFairfield University's Campus Sustainability Committee is pleased to present for review to the Fairfield University community the final draft version of the Campus Sustainability Plan and Survey.

The committee would appreciate comments, critiques, and suggestions on the Campus Sustainability Plan - a dynamic document intended to provide a roadmap for major steps toward achieving sustainability through near, medium, and long-term goals. An effort to reduce the campus carbon footprint, it has been in the works for more than two years and has been developed under the guidance of a rotating group of administrators, faculty, staff and students. The draft provides the University community with an overview of the current environmental/sustainability state of affairs on campus, as well as presents current and future goals, standards, and ideals for the rest of the decade.

Nine functional areas have been identified (Administration, Academics, Buildings, Energy, Finances, Operations, Land and Water, Student Engagement, Waste Management) and campus groups have developed a series of recommendations, goals, objectives and benchmarks. The goals developed by each functional group are interconnected and directed to enhancing Fairfield University sustainability initiatives across the spectrum of institutional activities. The vision captured by this plan proposes initiatives that balance economics with social and environmental impacts.

To view the draft of the Campus Sustainability Plan - and accompanying survey - and to provide your views of sustainability on campus, see: http://www.fairfield.edu/green/campussustainability/

Please direct all comments to Jim Biardi, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and chair of the Faculty Committee on Sustainability, at

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 25, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 283

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