San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman has signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment as part of Go Green @ the Union, the official celebration of sustainability for the Aztec Student Union Grand Dedication Week.
“As signatories to the climate commitment, we are pledging to work as a community toward the elimination of net greenhouse gas emissions and to promote research and education that builds a more sustainable world,” Hirshman said.
The event was held Wednesday in the Aztec Student Union Theatre.
The American College and University President’s Climate Commitment encourages colleges and universities to exercise leadership in their communities by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and by providing knowledgeable and educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.
According to the organization’s website, colleges and universities that abide by the commitment will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to address the critical, systemic challenges faced by the world in this century and enable them to benefit from the economic opportunities that will arise as a result of solutions they develop.
“Signing the commitment is a major step for our university and it supports our commitment to work toward a world that will support and benefit human life for generations to come,” said Geoffrey Chase, dean of Undergraduate Studies and the director of the Center for Regional Sustainability at SDSU.
“Supported by students, the University Senate, and many others on campus, President Hirshman’s signing of the ACUPCC represents our recognition that education is about making a better world.”
An eco-friendly Union
“The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union is on track to become one of the first student unions in the nation that is LEED Platinum-Certified,” Hirshman said. “That is the highest certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.”
Nearly 80 percent of the materials from the old Aztec Center have been recycled or are being used in the new building. It has a commercial-scale rainwater collection system, the largest radiant heat flooring system in the county and trusses made from layers of forest stewardship council-certified wood.