Purchase College President Thomas Schwarz exemplified genuine dedication to environmental issues and sustainability by joining 151 other U.S. Colleges as an original signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in April 2007.
Tom Kelly became Purchase College's Senior Energy Manager in May 2013. His mission is to meet the goals of the ACUPCC and to increase understanding and active sustainable behaviors among all members of the campus community.
Is sustainability important to you? Words and phrases like carbon footprint, eco-conscious, green living, etc. have been frequently used over the past several years; but what does it all mean? Various definitions of each word abound but each deal with a common theme, sustainability. A practical definition of sustainability is “development that meets the needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This definition was developed in 1983, by the World Commission on Environment and Development, commonly known as the Bruntland Commission. The central idea that our resources are finite and the rate and way in which we use them must be altered has held strong through the various interpretations.
Purchase College has invested not only in our student’s future but also society’s future by focusing on sustainability measures. However, more needs to be done. Purchase College needs the collective effort of its students, faculty and administration. Working together, we will further Purchase’s sustainable future.
As the end of the semester nears, remember to use the Freenew storage containers for usable but unwanted supplies from May 12 through May 16.