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In 2007, under the leadership of President Gorge Hagerty, Franklin Pierce University joined ranks of higher education institutions committed to climate neutrality by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This commitment demonstrates the belief of signatories that
“colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. Campuses that address the climate challenge by reducing global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into their curriculum will better serve their students and meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society.” (ACUPCC.org)
FPU’s climate commitment was first set in motion by Franklin Pierce’s Ecological Conscience Initiative, endorsed by the full faculty as well as President Hagerty in 1998. This initiative affirmed that ecological conscience is a collective awareness of the effects of our actions on all aspects of the ecological community, and a demonstrated respect for that community. By helping individuals develop an ecological conscience, we will help them learn how to live well while minimizing their impacts on the community, thus becoming part of a sustainable society.
In order to fulfill its commitment to climate neutrality, Franklin Pierce’s Ecological Conscience Initiative grew into the Sustainability Council, which now leads a campus sustainability effort that is growing in size and scope. The Sustainability Council meets monthly to discuss and take action on campus-wide issues that affect the “triple bottom line” of sustainability including energy and greenhouse gas reduction, recycling, dining, housing, and more. Represented offices include Facilities, Purchasing, Finance, Environmental Services, Residential Life, Information Technology, the Environmental Sciences & Environmental Studies programs, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture, Student Affairs, and others.
Franklin Pierce is also an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Through its membership, Franklin Pierce students, faculty and staff have access to members-only resources such as case studies, references, and discounts to AASHE member business products and services, conference and award opportunities.
Franklin Pierce University’s commitment to the environment is deeply rooted in the rich natural setting of the main campus in Rindge. With over 1000 acres of undeveloped forests, fields, wetlands and lake shore, the land provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning about ecology as well as the impacts of humans on the natural world.
Ecological conscience is a collective awareness of the effects of our actions on all aspects of the ecological community, and a demonstrated respect for that community. The ecological community includes people as well as other species, and the land, air and water that sustain them. If we are concerned that future generations should be able to live happily, enjoy clean air and water, have a beautiful place to live, and continue as part of an evolutionary chain, then we must be responsible members of that ecological community. By helping individuals develop an ecological conscience, we will help them learn how to live well while minimizing their impacts on the community, thus becoming part of a sustainable society.
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