Sustainability tips from Prince George's County Department of Environment
Bowie State University recognizes the need to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. The University is deeply concerned with the scale 和 speed of climate change 和 its potential for large-scale, adverse health, 社会, economic 和 ecological effects. Over the course of several years, the institution has updated campus master plans, conducted an environmental audit, 和 made material investments in infrastructure.
Sustainability 历史 at BSU
In 2007, the university 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 和 the goal is to obtain carbon neutrality by 2021. In 2015, the university also signed the new Climate Commitment 和 White House Act on Climate Pledge part of which is the cornerstone to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Bowie State’s initial Climate Action Plan was created in October 2009. In December 2017, the C4 Chair coordinated the Climate Action Plan Addendum (pdf). During the late summer of 2020, BSU approved our new BSU Climate Action Plan 2020.
Part of BSU's goal is to be conscious of how energy resources are utilized in our buildings. Our Lucid Energy dashboard touchscreen displays are located in the Student Center between the Bowie Card Office 和 the BSU Ticket Office 和 in the Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics 和 Nursing (CNSMN) on the entrance facing the torch as you walk in to the left.
- See real-time data on energy utilization in the Student Center
- See real-time data on energy utilization in the CNSMN
目前, our campus generates between 15-20% of our energy needs from solar energy utilizing seven different sites. Learn more about our solar projects.
Energy Performance Contract
BSU has an agreement with an energy consultant that provides a comprehensive set of energy efficiency, renewable energy 和 distributed generation measures meant to reduce energy 和 cost savings over time. Learn more about BSU's Energy Performance Contract.
雨水 is generated when precipitation falls onto roads, 人行道, buildings 和 parking lots where it cannot soak into the ground thereby causing negative environmental problems. The runoff picks up pollutants such as oil, 油脂, 有毒金属, fuel remnants etc, which leads into our major waterways (i.e. Chesapeake Bay). It can also cause floods or water shortages. As a part of Sustainability, Bowie State is committed to protecting our natural environment 和 reducing water pollution 和 flooding. There are over 60 bioretention facilities around the campus. Bioretention facilities are various structures that treat stormwater.
If you observe any potential water pollution or issues with any storm drains or bioretention facilities on campus, please call the Facilities Management Office during normal business hours at 301-860-4190.