For Immediate Release
DALLAS — In an effort to control emissions and fight global warming, Dr. Richard D. McCrary, Brookhaven College interim president, has joined college presidents across the country in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment recognizes the gravity of global warming and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.
By signing the commitment, McCrary dedicated the college to developing a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality, initiate two or more tangible reductions in greenhouse gases, and make plans, inventory and progress reports related to this commitment publicly available.
“As an institution of higher learning, we must educate our students on these environmental issues,” McCrary said. “As a college, our focus is on building better futures for our students and supporting our community, so making a commitment to improving our environment seems a natural extension of this. We must take responsibility and preserve the Earth for future generations to come.”
According to the commitment, addressing climate change will stabilize and reduce long-term energy costs, attract students and faculty, attract new sources of funding and increase support from the community and alumni.
The college already has a head start on going green. The campuses’ three newest building projects were designed with Green Building and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, concepts in mind.
The new Workforce and Continuing Education building currently under construction, will incorporate environmentally-friendly features such as a polished concrete floor, low volatile organic compounds paints and sealants, north-facing windows for natural light; and a reflective roof to minimize heat gain.
The recently opened Automotive Technology expansion incorporates concepts from LEED and has capacity to support the automotive industry recognized Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs.
Brookhaven College staff members are dedicated to improving the environment as well; they formed a Green Team, which works to promote the “3 Rs” — reduce, recycle and raise awareness.
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