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October 16, 2009

University of Maryland wins green award

The University of Maryland was named a winner of the "America's Greenest Campus" contest for its efforts to raise awareness about energy use and reduce its carbon footprint.

There were 450 universities in the competition and Maryland had the highest number of students, faculty and staff participating -- 2,257 signed up on contest sponsor Climate Culture's Web site. The site offers a tool to calculate your carbon footprint.

The university reports that Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz., had the highest carbon reduction, or 4.4 percent among 524 participants, based on contest results released this week.

Both schools won $5,000.

The university says the award comes on the heels of its carbon action plan to reach carbon neutrality on campus by 2050.

"Winning this contest reinforces the level of activism and interest that our students have in environmental issues," said Mark Stewart, Maryland's campus sustainability coordinator, in a statement. "Through the Student Government Association, through this contest, through constant petitioning outside the [Stamp Student] Union, there's just wonderful activism, and I'm inspired daily by the passion of our students.

Go Terps!

Posted by Meredith Cohn at 7:00 AM | | Comments (1)
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Wow, carbon neutral 2050? Thats really enough to win an award for greenest university? Thats such a long time I don't even take those estimates seriously. If the university really wanted to be a trend setter, they could shoot for a 2020 deadline, but that might actually require sacrificing and working hard, something the morons in charge of this state's universities are utterly incapable of. Universities should be setting exmples!

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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