Document Symbolizes Commitment To Take Leadership Role In Effort To Reduce Climate Change-
Broome Community College President Dr. Laurence Spraggs is now one of approximately 500 college and university presidents across the country to sign the Presidential Climate Agreement.
The Presidential Climate Agreement is a commitment to take a leadership role in the effort to reduce climate change.
“As institutions of higher education, I think we have a responsibility to model appropriate behavior and to be educators about issues that are important to the country and the world,” said Dr. Spraggs. “President’s had opinions on very important topics early in this country’s history and later on they were looked to as opinion makers. Presidents are managers of a complex business, which is what higher education has come to.”
The process to make BCC an environmentally sustainable campus is now underway. Dr. Spraggs created a Sustainability Task Force comprised of 25 volunteers who range from secretarial staff, to faculty and students. Members of the Task Force are charged with examining four main areas: (1) Procedures, (2) recycling, (3) calculating carbon foot-printing and (4) infusing the issue into the curriculum.
BCC’s Sustainability & Climate Commitments to Date Include:
Formation of a Sustainability Task Force
Purchase of an eco-friendly Hybrid Prius and adding it to the College fleet of vehicles
Commissioning a feasibility study on energy usage as part of the facilities Master Plan process
Identifying ways to increase recycling efforts on campus
Evaluating policies and procedures to make them more eco-friendly
Integrating the issue in curriculum
Evaluating transportation and bus routes on campus
“Some examples we’re looking at include purchasing bio-degradable materials to eliminate Styrofoam from our cafeterias,” continued Dr. Spraggs. “Many of our older buildings have windows with single pane glass, which are not energy efficient. We will also attempt to have all new buildings be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.”
Dr. Spraggs added that BCC’s effort is just in the beginning stages. Dr. Spraggs says that what’s more important is that we are finally taking the necessary steps to becoming a more environmentally friendly campus.
Dr. Spraggs identifies with this issue not only as a college President but as a biologist. Spraggs earned a Bachelors and Master of Science degree in biology from Wayne State University in Detroit and Doctorate of Arts in biology from Idaho State University.
The issue of sustainability on BCC’s campus is one of the featured articles in “Significance”, which is a bi-annual, internal BCC publication that goes to students, parents, faculty, staff, community leaders and others, and offers an in-depth look at what occurs on campus. The next issue of “Significance” will be available in late April