By Michael Koman
The University of South Carolina has been
instituting sustainable practices for more than
a decade, even before it was “cool to be green.”
Recently, the University has increased its campus-
wide efforts to be environmentally responsible and
explore options for more sustainable living. This
summer, with student encouragement, Carolina
finalized a full-time sustainability position to
address larger sustainability issues, coordinate the
many efforts on campus and expedite future plans.
Currently, Carolina is completing a greenhouse
gas inventory in support of the national
University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to
eliminate global warming emissions and integrate
sustainability into the college curriculum. From
this effort, the University will develop a formal
plan to reduce its emissions back to levels
emitted in 1990 by the year 2020. The plan to
reduce emissions is underway, as new buildings,
energy upgrades, transportation changes and the
soon-to-be-opened biomass facility will utilize
sustainable fuel sources, reduce overall emissions
and save the University up to $2 million per year
in energy costs. Additionally, the plan will set
emission-reducing standards for all future projects,
operations and growth.
The following are several examples of the
University’s long-term sustainability plans.
Facility Services and University Housing are
currently piloting a “green cleaning” program.
Green cleaning uses environmentally friendly
and healthy methods to clean the buildings.
Inside This Issue:
Environmental and Community
Letter from the vice president ......... 2
Campus happenings ........................ 2
Green Quad community garden ...... 3
Parents Weekend ............................ 4
Eco-friendly dining services ............. 4
Sustainability in campu