Weber State University Saluted For Climate Support

Recognized by the ACUPCC’s Celebrating Sustainability Series

April 10, 2012 — Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, has been recognized for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) during the “Celebrating Sustainability” series leading up to Earth Day.

The ACUPCC cited the university’s commitment to make energy efficiency and sustainable practices a campus-wide priority by establishing a unique financial arrangement—a green revolving fund—to support a range of projects.

The revolving fund allows the university to draw up to $5 million at a time to support energy-conservation projects. The energy savings from these projects is then used to pay back the fund, including modest interest. Once replenished, the fund can be used again to support new projects.

The green fund has already been used to support a three- to five-year program to install 279 solar panels on four major buildings as well as a campus-wide initiative to replace all interior and exterior lighting with high-efficiency fluorescents.

These latest efforts by Weber State fold into a longer commitment by the university that has resulted in energy savings of more than 2.5 million kilowatt-hours since 2006.

Weber State’s achievements were cited as part of the ACUPCC’s Celebrating Sustainability series, which identifies signatories that exemplify the initiative’s mission to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement. Celebrating Sustainability is formally recognizing a different institution every business day in April leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd.

Weber State is a leading example of how colleges and universities can create ways to finance the introduction of sustainable practices that yield substantial financial and environmental returns,” said Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, president of Second Nature, the lead supporting organization of the ACUPCC. “The university commitment and creativity sets a benchmark for the rest of the academic community.”

“We’re proud that our work has been recognized by the ACUPCC,” said Jacob Cain, energy and sustainability manager at Weber State. “Our goal was to create a structure that would support the implementation of meaningful sustainability practices over time and our green fund has helped us accomplish that.”

About Weber State University

Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees. It’s an open-enrollment university that features small class sizes and personalized attention. The 25,000+ students at the university can earn professional, liberal arts and technical certificates, as well as associate, bachelors’ and masters’ degrees. The university is also recognized for its extraordinary service to the community. Learn more at:

The proper role of colleges and universities is to lead the way by committing to climate neutrality, developing smart and farsighted plans to execute that goal, and equipping students for leadership in the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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