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Dear members of the Rosemont College community,

Rosemont College has always, and will always, be committed by its mission to develop open and critical minds. In May, 2007, President Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. ’70 signed The America Colleges and Universities Presidential Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As a charter signatory, President Hirsh pledged Rosemont’s commitment to work toward transforming our campus culture and striving to accomplish carbon-neutrality in the future. At that time, President Hirsh was also asked to serve as a member of the Leadership Circle, helping to lead and promote the efforts of ACUPCC.

Colleges and universities have a commitment to their communities to exercise leadership by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and to provide the necessary knowledge to achieve climate neutrality. To date over 500 college presidents across the nation have signed the agreement representing 3.8 million students. Rosemont College is pleased to be at the forefront of this critical issue facing our nation and our world. By joining ACUPCC, the College has made the commitment to provide its community of learners with the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to address the critical and systemic challenges faced by the world in this new century.

Many actions have been taken to facilitate Rosemont’s move to becoming carbon neutral. In addition an energy conservation program, Rosemont has chosen two tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gases: the purchasing of energy star certified products and participation in Recyclemania, a national competition which minimizes waste through recycling. The Climate Commitment Advisory Committee has also been formed on campus and has been charged with developing a master plan to transform Rosemont into becoming a carbon neutral campus.

The entire Rosemont College community must work together to conserve all forms of energy, one of our most precious, yet under-appreciated, commodities. Each person within Rosemont’s many buildings plays a vital role in helping to control energy costs through deliberate, continued conservation.

The success of ACUPCC depends upon the concerted effort, dedication, and determination of all faculty, staff, and students. If you have any questions about ACUPCC or would like to become involved, please contact Tom Szatkowski at extension 2152 or email  HYPERLINK "mailto:tszatkowski@rosemont.edu" tszatkowski@rosemont.edu.

Together we can make a difference,

The Climate Commitment Advisory Committee

Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. ‘70, President
Jeanne Marie Hatch, SHCJ, Vice President for Mission and Ministry
Courtney E. Leik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology
Tony Wolcott, Assistant Director of Facility Services
Rick Cuba, General Manager Dining Services
Tom Szatkowski, Director of Facility Services, Committee Chair

Open Position, Student Representative
Open Position, Board of Trusties
What is Sustainability?
 
Put in simpler terms, sustainability is providing the best for people and the environment both now and in the indefinite future. In terms of the 1987 Brundtland Report, sustainability is “Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”.
 
One of the most important goals of the Presidents Commitment is to reduce the carbon footprint of the College. Some of the ways to do this include increased recycling, use of public transportation, Energy Star products, and compact fluorescent bulbs. The Energy Tip of the Week is distributed to all to enhance awareness of energy conservation and suggest ways to do this.
 
What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is defined as:
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.
 
For more information about Rosemont’s sustainability efforts, contact Tom Szatkowski, Director of Facilities, at ext. 2152. 
 
Thomas Szatkowski
Director of Facilities
Rosemont College
P 610-527-0200 X 2152
F 610-526-2954
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Presidents Climate Commitment List of Initiatives

January 2007 - Rosemont establishes Rosie Goes Green, an Energy Conservation at Rosemont poster. The poster gives tips on energy conservation and is updated as required.

May 2007 - President Hirsh signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

November 2007 – Rosemont establishes 2 tangible action items.
Energy Star Procurement Policy. This policy establishes criteria on purchasing Energy Star Rated items.
Waste Minimization Policy. This policy establishes our commitment to Waste Minimization & Recycling.

November 2007 – Work begins on data collection for our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.  Data includes tracking the greenhouse gas emissions from all fossil fuses used on campus for heating. Electricity used to power & air-condition our buildings. Gasoline consumption from all college owned vehicles, air travel on college business and student, faculty & staff commuting habits. Refrigerants, fertilizers & solid waste on the campus.

January 2008 – Rosemont establishes an Indoor Space Temperature Policy. This policy establishes indoor space temperature guidelines for winter & summer to conserve energy.

January 2008 – Rosemont hosts Focus the Nation Teach In on Global Warming. The event had several key speakers & faculty members giving presentations.

February 2008 – Energy Tip of the Week. Facilities introduced a weekly energy tip that is sent to the campus community. 

February & March 2008 – Rosemont enters the National RecycleMania Competition; we ultimately finish in the Top 10 at # 9 for Waste Minimization.

April 2008 – Rosemont enters Lower Merion Townships “Go for the Green” award. We are not selected as a winner but are recognized for our efforts.
Rosemont celebrates Earth Day with an additional awareness campaign.

June 2008 – Rosemont creates a No Mow Zone between Cardinal Hall & Alumni Hall along the creek bed. The no mow zone conservation area prevents sediment run off, increases wildlife habitat, Improve air quality by reducing CO2 emissions from mowers & act as a natural buffer to capture pollutants.

August 2008
– Rosemont introduces trayless dinning. This measure reduced the food waste from 6 bags to 1 ¼ bags daily.
Rosemont introduces single stream recycling. We now can recycle more items and can commingle the items in the same container, no need to sort items anymore.

November 2008 – Rosemont completes Peterson’s Survey of Sustainable Efforts in Higher Education for publication in Petersons Green Guide to Colleges.

December 2008 – Rosemont completes its first ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. 
Space is dedicated to Sustainability in the Campus Newsletter.

February & March 2009
– Rosemont enters the National RecycleMania Competition for the second year, we ultimately finish in the Top 10 at # 7 for Waste Minimization & #1 in the State.

July 2009 – Rosemont continues collecting GHG for our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.

February & March 2010
– Rosemont enters the National RecycleMania Competition for the third year.