The S.E.E.D. Initiative

Climate Action Plan – First Public Meeting

The University of Toledo is committed to creating leaders who want to have a positive influence on the world! Through the SEED Initiative, students, faculty, and staff have come together to strive towards leaving the campus and world a better place than when we started.

In 2009, President Jacobs took a major step towards campus sustainability by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). By signing this commitment, UT pledged itself to becoming climate neutral, meaning we emit no greenhouse gases or we have found ways to offset the gases we do emit. One of the requirements of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment is to create a Climate Action Plan (CAP) based on our Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This past January we completed the inventory and are now in the process of beginning the CAP.

You might be thinking what is the purpose of a CAP? A CAP spells out when and how we plan on becoming climate neutral. We have started our initial research and have created a timeline for our plan. Now, it’s time to hear from YOU on your thoughts and suggestions for YOUR school’s CAP. The SEED Initiative is holding the first CAP public meeting on Thursday, April 25th at 6:30pm in Plant Operations RM 1000. It is open to anyone at UT or in the greater community! Come with questions, suggestions, and a desire to help make the world and our campus a more environmentally friendly place! Hope to see you there!

For more information on our CAP, visit our page here.

Brought to you by SEED Intern: Alexa Orr

is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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