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Facilities Manager, v25 n2 p20-27 Mar-Apr 2009

Everyone knows climate change is real, it's happening quickly, its risks are great, and it is not too late to do something about it. Indicative of change is the fact that as of early 2009 over 600 colleges and universities have pledged to achieve climate neutrality through the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Presidents of large and small institutions of higher education have made this commitment, recognizing that colleges and universities must be leaders in the effort to address the gravest environmental threat humans have ever faced. As the meaning of climate neutrality sinks in, i.e., the daunting task of reducing net reliance on fossil fuels to zero, many campus leaders--including facilities managers--may be shaking their heads wondering what their president has gotten them into. In this article, the author provides an in depth, step-by-step plan on how to achieve climate neutrality.

Descriptors: Higher Education, Fuels, Energy Conservation, Conservation (Environment), Climate, Colleges, Facilities Management, Educational Facilities Improvement, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Educational Facilities Planning

APPA: Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. 1643 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-1446; Fax: 703-543-2772; e-mail: appa[at]; Web site:

Autor: Simpson, Walter


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