The University of Miami’s Green University (Green U) is “the culmination of all efforts to increase sustainability throughout the University while educating its community to be better stewards of the environment.”
Established in 2005 in order to officially categorize and direct the University’s sustainability efforts, Green U aims to make the University of Miami a “community leader in the acquisition of environmentally responsible products and the practice of ecologically sound maintenance and operations procedures.” The goals – striving to reduce waste, energy, and water consumption, and to increase education for the University community and beyond – are coordinated through the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department, which is part of the Business Services department.
Green U hosts events and activities throughout the University to address environmental concerns, and support innovative programs in schools and colleges, as well as interdisciplinary centers and institutes. The University is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to become carbon neutral. As a member of the elite Leadership Circle, former UM President Shalala was one of the original signatories of the American College of University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
For more information on the University of Miami’s Green U, visit their Web site.
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