Bowie State University recognizes the need to reduce the worst impacts of global warming. The University is deeply concerned with the scale and speed of global warming and its potential for large-scale, adverse health, social, economic and ecological effects. Over the course of several years, the institution has updated campus master plans, conducted an environmental audit, and made material investments in infrastructure.
President, Dr. Mickey Burnim in 2007 established the Climate Commitment Coordinating Committee (C4) to initiate the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality on campus. BSU has already reduced its carbon footprint by 15% since 2007 and the goal is to obtain carbon neutrality by 2021. Dr. Burnim in 2015 also signed the new Climate Commitment and White House Act on Climate Pledge part of which is the cornerstone to the Paris Climate Agreement.
The ongoing vision of Bowie State University’s sustainable programs can also be found on the BSU Climate Action Plan as well as the BSU Sustainability Education Plan. In December 2017, the C4 Chair coordinated the Climate Action Plan Addendum.
Part of BSU’s goal is to be conscious of how energy resources are utilized in our buildings. Our first Lucid Energy touchscreen Dashboard is displayed in the Student Center between the Bowie Card Office and the BSU Ticket Office. See real-time data on energy utilization in the Student Center here: Bowie State Student Center Dashboard. An energy dashboard will soon appear in the CNSMN building.