Advancing to the next step to a climate neutral campus, Park University
President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., has joined more than 540 other college
and university presidents in formally committing to sharply reduce and
eventually eliminate the global warming emissions of their respective
universities. President Byers-Pevitts also pledged to work with faculty to
integrate sustainability into Park's curriculum thereby better serving Park's
students, and fulfilling Park's obligation to help create a thriving, ethical
and civil global society. The
was made last June at a Climate Commitment Summit of higher education leaders in
"Global warming is a defining challenge of our time. The world's leading
scientists have ended the debate: emissions caused by human beings are
responsible for climate change that will threaten the planet's ecosystem, the
world economy and the lives of millions," said President Byers-Pevitts. "Human
activities are responsible for the problem, and working together, humans have
the capacity to solve the problem. That means working to reverse global warming.
Park University is committed to leading the way to sustainability for our
students and our community. This world is in the hands our students."
Park will create a comprehensive institutional action plan to move the
University toward climate neutrality. Even before the adoption of such an action
plan, Park is moving forward to meet its commitment by building a 250 bed
student residence hall to LEED Standards.
These efforts build on Park University's ongoing commitment to sustainability,
including the requirements of the University's strategic plan, Explorations and
Transformations 2012: Access to Excellence, that future development be
undertaken utilizing planning principles that encourage a healthy, attractive
environment based upon sustainable design principles; as well as the
requirements of the new student housing design guidelines to select
environmentally sensitive building materials.