November 04, 2013
Framingham State University was recently honored by the state with a Leading by Example (LBE) award for its efforts to be a more environmentally-responsible campus.
Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan recognized Framingham State for significantly reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing recycling, increasing renewable energy sources and other clean energy and environmental quality initiatives.
“Governor Deval Patrick has set some of the most ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy targets in the nation, and this year’s winners are leading the way to achieving those targets,” said Secretary Sullivan. “This year’s winners are implementing real cost saving, emissions reducing measures and the Commonwealth is seeing the results.”
FSU received recognition for its comprehensive energy project that converted the central heating plant boilers from No. 6 fuel oil to natural gas. The fuel conversion is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and save the university $15 million over the next 20 years. The University also installed two solar PV arrays on the campus center and athletic building, replaced interior and exterior lighting fixtures with LED fixtures, installed enhanced energy management systems, completed a LEED Gold certified residence hall on campus and implemented a food waste composting program.
“We are extremely proud of the progress we’ve made to become a more environmentally responsible campus over the past few years,” FSU Interim President Robert Martin said. “We’ve come a long way in a short period of time thanks to the hard work of many people, including Dale Hamel, our Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance; members of our Facilities Department led by Warren Fairbanks; our Student Green Team and Professor Carl Hakansson, who helped author our Climate Action Plan.”
Framingham State is listed as a Green College by the Princeton Review, which gave the University a “Green Rating” of 98 out of 99, placing the school among the greenest colleges in the country, according to the publication’s rankings.
Other steps the University has taken to reduce energy consumption include eliminating lunch trays in the Dining Hall to conserve water, installing water-saving dish washing machines dishwaters; altering class schedules to reduce the number of days commuter students have to drive to campus; and installing a University vegetable garden. FSU has received considerable support from food service provider Sodexo.
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.