It’s no secret that TU is dedicated to making its campus greener. This is evidenced by its ESCO project, an $8 million undertaking that has replaced over 32,000 lighting fixtures in order to make them more environmentally friendly; its Climate Commitment and Climate Action Plan, which pledges to have TU achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and its commitment to design, build and operate all future buildings in accordance with LEED’s silver standard.
Towson took a major step in making campus greener this past February by becoming a member of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). TU’s membership is noteworthy because AASHE provides its constituents with specialized resources, a network of peer support and professional development.
These benefits are more significant than what initially meets the eye. As part of the network of peer support, AASHE hosts the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program. STARS allows institutions of higher learning to measure their progress and compare sustainability methods with each other. Also, AASHE provides online resources for professional development and provides discussion forums for sharing ideas and strategies regarding sustainability.
Given the accomplishments of Towson prior to its joining of AASHE, one wonders what possibilities now exist and what the future holds.