The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees recently passed a sustainability resolution to strengthen and enhance the college’s environmental goals that includes reducing CCM’s carbon footprint by 75 percent by 2030.
The resolution also establishes the post of the Campus Sustainability and Environmental Steward, who will map the college’s progress in meeting its goals.
“Over the last several years, CCM has taken a number of major steps toward becoming a better environmental steward, including the construction of our Landscape and Horticultural Technology (LHT) building as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified facility,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “This resolution takes that commitment to the next level.”
In 2013, solar panels were installed over five parking lots and on the roof of the Student Community Center. Those panels are expected to generate enough power to meet about 45 percent of the college’s yearly energy needs. In addition, the college installed new LED exterior lighting around campus to increase its energy efficiency.
The sustainability resolution, signed by the Board of Trustees at its March 12 meeting, establishes many new goals and policies. Among them are commitments that call for all new construction of temperature-controlled and occupied spaces in excess of 5,000 square feet to be designed to meet LEED-certified standards, all major equipment purchases to be Energy Star compliant, and the college’s carbon footprint to be reduced by 35 percent by 2020 and by 75 percent by 2030.
In addition, the resolution specifies that the campus should reduce nonrenewable source electric consumption from the 2010 level by 40 percent by 2020 and 65 percent by 2025, purchase vehicles with the highest available fuel economy ratings in their class, eliminate the use of incandescent bulbs in all renovation or new construction projects after June 1, 2014, reduce waste streams, and eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides by the college's staff on all grounds and properties. The resolution also states that the college should recommend and test areas of campus that are currently maintained as lawns to convert to natural habitats and non-mow or limited mow sections.