Submitted on May 18, 2010; last updated on May 18, 2010
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Loyola Marymount University is committed to reducing campus emissions from a variety of sources, including the Scope 1 emissions sources of stationary combustion, mobile combustion, and fugitive emissions. Additionally, LMU is committed to reducing Scope 2 and Scope 3 emission sources including purchased electricity, commuting, air travel, and solid waste. By reducing emissions from each of these categories, LMU will continue to move closer to achieving climate neutrality. Through all these efforts, as well as by involving as many campus stakeholders as feasible, LMU will work diligently to track the progress of our GHG emissions reduction efforts, and monitor our progress toward the goal of climate neutrality. The LMU campus community takes great pride in knowing that the university is doing its part to reduce impacts to climate change.
To achieve climate neutrality, it is essential for our university to provide educational resources to our entire campus community. These educational resources must raise awareness about sustainability issues, LMUs specific goals to address these issues, as well as how individuals can participate. This education needs to be provided to students as well as staff, faculty, and administrators. All campus constituents need to know how they can contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting a healthier environment. LMU will continue to increase our offerings of classes on sustainability, natural science, environmental ethics and related topics.
As our campus sustainability programs grow and become more sophisticated, LMU will harness the power of our research facilities to study the effectiveness of our programs as well as create innovations for the future. Our engineering and natural science programs have already contributed significant research supporting LMUs sustainability initiatives over the last several years. LMU will increase this research, and involve students in campus sustainability research as much as is feasible. In addition to science and engineering, LMU will work to incorporate research from as many other departments on campus as are willing to participate. It is just as important to involve students from humanities backgrounds, such as art, history, political science, philosophy, literature, communication, film, and education. These students have much to offer in terms of understanding and expressing the theoretical basis for sustainability, as well as articulating the significance of working toward climate neutrality. Although science and engineering students will work toward many of the important infrastructural projects needed to reduce GHG emissions, the work conducted by humanities students provides an equally important role of understanding and communicating the significance of sustainability as a paradigm for decision making.
In addition to infusing sustainability into the formal education curriculum and research projects, it is also of great significance that LMU continues community outreach campaigns, providing access to the knowledge and resources needed to actively contribute to campus sustainability efforts. Community outreach efforts to be expanded include website enhancement, an increased presence at community events, creation of a campus sustainability newsletter, implementation of green e-mail reminders and messages, hosting of workshops and other educational events to raise awareness, and a variety of other creative programming.
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