New Mexico State University (NMSU) is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment. In April 2007 NMSU President Michael Martin signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. To reaffirm this commitment, 2009 was named the Year of Sustainability, whereby the university system challenged itself to become a leader in sustainability by developing educational, research, and outreach opportunities statewide.
The following Climate Action Plan is NMSU’s response to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment’s requirement to develop an institutional action plan to achieve climate neutrality. The plan will be updated and refined as new data become available and strategies evolve.
As of fall 2009, NMSU has three facilities under construction: Gardiner Hall, Football Coaches’ offices building, and the addition to Health and Social Services building. All three have been registered for a minimum of LEED “Silver” level certification. The USGBC guidelines are dynamic and have changed several times within the last several years. New Mexico State University has 5 accredited LEED professionals on staff and is committed to staying current with USGBC guidelines.
The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to implement comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate neutrality. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in educating the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and help create a thriving, civil and sustainable society.