April 18, 2012, volume 2, number 13
To the William Paterson University Community
I am very proud to announce that William Paterson University has won a new national collegiate award for its innovation and leadership in environmental sustainability.
William Paterson University is currently a finalist in the 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards contest, which recognizes innovation and excellence in climate leadership at institutions that have signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As one of the 20 colleges and universities selected as finalists for this national award, the University produced a video highlighting our sustainability efforts, which was entered in an online competition that allowed viewers to vote on the most innovative and groundbreaking institution.
Thanks to everyone who voted and helped spread the word in support of our efforts, the University’s video received the most votes among the national finalists. We also won in our category as a “master’s college.”
Click here to view the announcement.
Stephen Bolyai, vice president for administration and finance, was in Washington, DC yesterday to accept a certificate that denotes our victory at the Moving the Planet Forward Innovation Summit at George Washington University. We have been told that William Paterson’s video may be featured in blog posts on The Huffington Post and National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge blog, as well as on television, in webisodes, or in other public outreach opportunities sponsored by Planet Forward, an organization that addresses issues pertaining to energy, climate, and sustainability.
A special thank you to Greg Mattison and Sandie Miller of IRT and the team who developed the concept and filmed the video and to everyone for supporting our campus-wide commitment to environmental sustainability.
Our video highlights William Paterson’s continuing efforts toward carbon neutrality, including conservation efforts that integrate sustainability across the curriculum, such as our new bachelor’s degree in environmental sustainability. Since the initiation of our energy conservation program in 2001, the University has reduced its annual electrical and natural gas consumption, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon gas emissions as well as more than $17 million in total energy savings. If you haven’t watched the video yet, click here to view it.
The 2012 Climate Leadership Award winners will be selected in May by the ACUPCC steering committee. We are proud to be among the nominees. I hope to have more good news to share with you when the winners are announced.