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'Mission Green' highlights FAU's pledge to the environment

Sun-Sentinel - 11/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
by Jason Parsley

Florida Atlantic University has initiated a pledge to reduce or offset greenhouse gases produced on campus through a campaign called "Mission Green."

"I just think it makes good sense to build green and be sustainable," said Tom Donaudy, university architect and FAU's vice president for facilities. "This is good for the planet and good for the university." Plus, he said, it shows "FAU's commitment to be leaders in this area."

Over the summer FAU President Frank Brogan signed the American College University Presidents Climate Commitment. As part of the commitment a sustainability committee was formed. Azita Dashtaki, co-chair of the committee, said its goal is to measure the amount of carbon the university leaves behind during one year and then come up with a plan within two years on how to make FAU "climate-neutral."

About 20 people are on the committee including three students, Dashtaki said. On Oct. 24, the committee hosted its first Campus Sustainability Day that included presentations, awareness and education about the environment

Donaudy said a big part of the campaign would be education and awareness, not just for the students, but for faculty and staff as well. "It's about making all of us aware of how we use the resources," he said. "Higher education needs to be leaders in this area."

Some of the things that will be looked into by the committee include recycling, building green buildings, planting of trees, and supporting alternative energy sources