Workshops Begin Climate Action Planning


Radford University’s Sustainability Steering Committee will host three one-hour workshops on Thursday, April 28, from noon to 3 p.m. in Rooms 249 and 250 of the Hurlburt Student Center to solicit campus input as RU prepares to develop its Climate Action Plan (CAP).

 “As we begin the CAP planning process, it is important that RU students, faculty, staff and the community all contribute to the solutions by which RU achieves the important goal of diminishing its carbon footprint and achieving climate neutrality,” said Dennis Grady, dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee. “We’re hoping that we get a wide representation from the campus community on the 28th as people drop in and share their ideas on greening the campus.”
A Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive plan, to be prepared during the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year, that will orient the university’s efforts to reduce campus Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by a specific amount over a certain time period. The CAP is a requirement of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which was signed by President Penelope W. Kyle in October 2009.  The commitment pledges the university to work toward neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions and building research and educational programs designed to help society re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
The workshops will feature presentations on the CAP planning process, environmental issues and university efforts toward carbon neutrality as well as discussions during which ideas and suggestions can be offered.  For more information, visit the RU Sustainability website.