Sustainability

Fitchburg State University is taking a leadership role in working towards climate neutrality by developing and employing sustainable policies and practices. Our work throughout the campus carries into the community.

Guided by the Massachusetts Executive Order #484, the Global Warming Solutions Act and Fitchburg State University is working to achieve energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction targets, and is taking concrete steps to reduce the carbon footprint of the institution. Students, staff, and faculty are all a part of the effort.

Campus-wide recycling, green construction, building modernization, and closer monitoring of energy usage are all important parts of achieving the goal of climate neutrality.

The Sustainability Advisory Committee is charged with making institutional recommendations to guide and develop Fitchburg State University’s plan to achieve climate neutrality. Members include students, staff, and faculty.

Fitchburg State University has stepped up to the plate, promoting energy efficiency and sustainability on and off campus. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick challenged state agencies to a leadership role in becoming greener in Executive Order No. 484, Leading-By-Example, issued in 2007.

Recycling is an important part of reducing our carbon footprint. Fitchburg State University has implemented a campus-wide single stream recycling program. It’s recycling made easy.

Increased reliance on high technology challenges consumers when attempting to reduce electricity consumption. In February 2012 Fitchburg State University students proved it could be done, and the campus wide energy savings contest is being repeated in 2013.

With pioneering green designs and innovative energy saving features, Fitchburg State University pursues LEED certification for major construction and renovation projects, and incorporates energy savings solutions into every renovation.