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Coppin State University Green Initatives

  • In March 2008, Coppin State University (CSU) signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a coalition of over 600 colleges and universities concerned about the impacts of global warming and dedicated to reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions. Since signing the ACUPCC, the University developed a university-wide taskforce of students, faculty, and staff to develop a climate action plan and to ensure that sustainability informs all aspect of the university’s strategic planning process.
  • The Green Coppin Initiative, a coalition founded by faculty and students, has placed into action different activities to create awareness of the current climate crisis and global warming among the University and the surrounding community.
  • For the first time ever, CSU is competing against nearly 400 other colleges and universities in a national recycling competition known as Recyclemania.

  • February 27, 2009 to March 2, 2009, more than fifty (50) Coppin State University students will converge with more than 10,000 other young people from across the country in Washington, D.C. for Power Shift ’09 to share ideas, learn new skills, develop ways to strengthen the climate and clean energy movement beyond 2009 and send a message of change to elected officials.

  • The University is engaged in other environmentally conscious practices such as installing new, energy efficient heating and cooling systems and sensored lighting systems in our new facilities; installing ‘green tile’ which contains natural rock and recycled glass in the Library; and installing new energy efficient air handlers and new zone sensored lighting system when we upgrade the utilities in the Library.

  • Coppin State University has implemented an IP network centralized energy management and control system for all buildings for energy conservation; run classes at the University’s satellite locations in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City; offer on-line courses and are currently exploring a fully on-line degree; and have implemented Virtual Server Technology for “greener” Data Centers. These initiatives have better enabled us to reduce pollution.

  • Implemented on-line business process such as on-line requisition, time-entry, grade entry and others that reduces paper consumption.

  • Reduced hard copy documents and reports through the utilization of electronic media.

  • Reduced power consumption through the utilization the setting of the power management features on computers, increased laptop proportions replacing desktop PCs, replacing CRT monitors with flat screens, and using energy efficient bulbs.

  • Coppin has launched its “Keep Coppin Clean Initiative”, which is a part of CSU students’ campus-wide recycling drive.

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