- The university signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008.
- HTU has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent by 2013 and to complete an energy and climate control audit by 2011.
- The Environmental Health and Safety Committee, which includes faculty, staff, and students, implements sustainability programs. In the past, the committee has made recommendations for maintenance and building projects.
- The school’s sustainability plan, which will be implemented in fall 2011, addresses reducing the campus carbon footprint, building green, and integrating sustainability into the curriculum and community outreach programs.
- To improve energy efficiency, all buildings feature exterior lighting sensors, electric metering, energy-efficient lighting, variable speed drives, and vending machine sensors. The Viaer Alumni building also has timers for temperature control and an energy management system.
- Water-saving technologies include building water metering and low-flow showerheads.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university regularly performs tune-ups of building systems to increase energy efficiency.
- HTU has completed an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions and is working on a second one.
- Paper and cardboard are recycled on campus.
- The dining hall features local produce and dairy.
- Trays have been removed from the dining hall to save water and energy and reduce food waste.
- The university’s environmental science course is popular with students, with 90 students enrolling each year. It addresses topics including ecosystems, energy flow, pollution, waste management, and the effects of urbanization.
- An Earth Day event engages students with environmental issues.