Milestones in Sustainability at NMSU

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  • 2012
  • March 15, 2012,
    American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) 2012 Progress Report completed.
    March 18, 2012,
    Elkay donates a water filling station in the NMSU Activity Center allowing the campus community to the ability to refill reusable bottles instead of purchasing plastic bottled water.
    October 24, 2012,
    NMSU hosts its first annual Campus Sustainability Day celebration. Throughout the day, the NMSU community took part in various events, including a tabling and educational session in the morning, a nationwide live webinar titled, "Educating Students for Climate Change." in tthe afternoon, and in the campus-wide forum "Moving Toward Success" in the evening.
    Nov 30, 2012,
    NMSU received a gold rating from AASHE on its 2012 STARS report. This was significant leap from the 2011 report in which the universty received a bronze rating, The NMSU environmental policy and sustainability manager, Joni Newcomer, spearheaded the STARS report effort, with help from the Sustainability Coucil and volunteers from across campus
    December 6, 2012,
    Proposistion 10- 12/13 A Memorial to Support NMSU's application to the Bicycle Friendly University Program passed in Faculty Senate.
  • 2011
  • January 9, 2011,
    NMSU Campus Dining (Aramark) unveils new, reusable to-go containers, to significantly reduce the amount of daily waste generated by Taos Restaurant visitors. The Taos To-Go Program states that every student enrolled in an NMSU meal plan will receive one free Eco To-Go shell container, which may used at Taos for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
    January 13, 2011,
    NMSU adopts a Green Cleaning program. The green cleaning objective calls for a switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products and equipment meant to improve campus health and appearance. As part of the move to green purchasing, NMSU now uses Green Seal-certified paper products and cleaning chemicals.
    February 19, 2011,
    Faculty Senate unanimously passes a Sustainability Memorial (led by Professor David Boje) to recognize the new Office of Sustainability at NMSU and support the plans and goals of the Sustainability Council.
    August, 2011,
    The Leadership Development and Sustainability position is created within the Associated Students of NMSU.
    September 7, 2011,
    The Office of Sustainability completes the AASHE STARS report and NMSU receives a Bronze rating for its sustainability efforts.
  • 2010
  • January 15, 2010,
    NMSU joins the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels, a consortium of universities, national laboratories and industry that was awarded $44 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to commercialize algae into a biofuel.
    July 1, 2010,
    Facilities and Services (FS) partially funds the position of Manager Environmental Policy and Sustainability with savings recouped from new efficiencies in operations. This position is responsible for developing policies and guidelines for protecting natural resources, reducing the University's ecological footprint, and ensuring accountability for green building and low-impact development in NMSU's ongoing capital improvement program. The Office of Sustainability is established to house the position
  • 2009
  • January, 2009,
    Interim President Waded Cruzado signs the Talloires Declaration of the associatioin of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future/ The Talloires Declation is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities.
    February, 2009,
    The Sustainability and Climate Change Task Force (SCCTF) is reorganized as the Sustainability Council. The council is made up of three committees: Operations, Panning, Research, And Engagement, and Education and Research.
    The College of Education (CoEd) Sustainability Committee is formed.
  • 2008
  • 2008,
    NMSU participates in the annual RecycleMania competition for the first time, placing fifth in the Grand-Champion Division.
  • 2007
  • April, 17, 2007,
    NMSU President Michael Martin signs the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), agreeing to neutralize all of the university's global warming emissions and accelerate research and educational efforts to help stabilize the earths climate. The Climate Action Plan was written.
    The Energy Task Force is re-established as the Sustainability and Climate Change Task Force (SCCTF)
  • 2006
  • 2006,
    The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE), an institute within the Newe Mexico State University College of Engineering, is created when three programps (WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, the Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI), and the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC)) are combined. The Institute is developed to address issues related to energy and the environment.
  • 2004
  • 2004,
    The NMSU Energy Task Force is established.
  • 1990
  • 1990,
    WERC, a consortium for Enviornmental Education and Technology Development, is established.
  • 1982
  • 1982,
    Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research - NMSU land is part of the Jornada Basin. This research examines the causes and consequences of desertification. LTER at NMSU is one of 25 sites funded by the National Science Foundation. Researchers come from all over the world to participate.
  • 1977
  • 1977,
    The Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI), a non-profit, university-based organization providing applied research and development services to private and public sector clients, is established.
  • 1963
  • 1963,
    The NM water Resources Researchers Institute (WRRI) was established by the New Mexico legislature and approved under the 1964 federal Water Resources Research Act. The institute funds research conducted by faculty and students from universities across the state to address water problems critical to New Mexico and the Southwest