University Steps Up Sustainability Efforts

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Dr. Nadine Garner pictured at the Center for Sustainability’s organic garden located behind Huntingdon House

 

Leading campus sustainability efforts, Millersville University is the only university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to be a signatory on the Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC).  The Alliance was created by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works toward a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education. Millersville is also one of 682 signatory colleges with Second Nature’s flagship program, the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

“Millersville is a leader of sustainability and our participation in the Alliance ensures that we keep the subject at the forefront of discussions and that we consider the impact of climate change not only on our campus community, but also on the larger community,” said Dr. John Anderson, president.

“ACUPCC has played an enormously influential role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and of embedding sustainability as an operating principle across higher education,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “At the same time, we recognize that there is an increasing likelihood of damaging climate impacts to many of our colleges. ARC will provide a platform for developing flexible and state-of-the-art guidance and support for assessment, learning, implementation and evaluation with respect to adaptation and resilience, and will do so in full partnership with local communities.”

President John Anderson, center, with Dr. Nadine Garner, second from the right, cut the cornstalk ribbon at a ceremony celebrating the opening of 'Ville-age Garden on October 24, 2013.

“While we’re working to coordinate the great efforts of our faculty, staff and students towards carbon neutrality, this new Alliance will provide help in dealing with ongoing climate changes,” said Anderson. “Millersville University needs to invest in its own resilience. Severe weather events and long-term climate impacts from extremes such as flooding, drought and heat waves pose complex challenges for universities across the country. Addressing these risks can provide an innovative opportunity to strengthen our institutions, equipping us and others to be safer and more secure in the face of change, more actively engaged in solving real-world problems and organized to provide the education and research needed to create and maintain a sustainable society.”

 Millersville’s Center for Sustainability, a branch of the Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP), will be the liaison with the Alliance.

“The Center’s focus has always been about working within the community,” said director Dr. Nadine Garner. “Whether it’s our TerraCycle project, the ‘Ville-age Organic Garden on campus, or creating urban garden projects with children in the city of Lancaster, we are working to bring the campus and community together to dialogue about sustainability. The Alliance is an opportunity to expand our focus on designing a resilient society. I look forward to sharing our tools, information resources and successes to support and highlight these efforts.”

 

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