- In March 2008, Coppin State signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prioritize sustainability in curriculum and research.
- The Sustainability Task Force focuses on bringing sustainability into the school’s curriculum, operations, capital planning, dining services, residential life, and technology.
- Sustainability is a key component of the school’s strategic plan and master plan.
- The university’s sustainability webpage features green living tips, a carbon footprint calculator, and descriptions of campus sustainability initiatives.
- The university is working on a formal green purchasing policy.
- Coppin State follows Maryland state guidelines that all new campus buildings must meet or exceed LEED-Silver green building specifications.
- Although the Physical Education Complex, completed in 2010, was not originally intended to be LEED certified, it is currently under final review for LEED Silver certification. Upon acceptance by the U.S. Green Building Council, it will be Coppin Stateâ€™s first LEED-certified building.
- The Science and Technology Center, in the planning phase, is aiming for LEED Gold.
- The Partlett Longworth Moore Library features tiles made from natural rock and recycled glass.
- CSU is renovating a quad to replace brick and concrete with drought-tolerant plants, which will allow for better stormwater management. The construction of the quad will make use of recycled, renewable, and local materials.
- Energy efficiency technologies include motion sensors for lighting, LED lights, timers for temperature control, and new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university received a grant to install a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic system which will cover three to five percent of its energy needs. The project will be completed in April 2011.
- Coppin State University worked with HP engineers to design a computer that is Energy Star compliant and energy-efficient. The new units will save CSU $40 per computer per year in power consumption, with a total savings of about $45,000 per year.
- The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the results of which will be used to develop a climate action plan.
- The university is developing and implementing a new comprehensive, campus-wide recycling program.
- The Green Coppin Coalition, founded by students and faculty, has worked to increase awareness about sustainability. The group has organized a Recyclemania competition and brought students to national environmental conferences like Power Shift.
- Students are involved in research projects to analyze the effect of coal-burning refineries on soil and to improve the efficiency of solar panel cells.
- The university is developing a new course called Introduction to Environmental Sustainability.
- The university offers free transportation around campus.
- Campus security officers drive battery-powered vehicles.