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Commitments

Bemidji State University has made a commitment to become a more sustainable campus.  Environmental Stewardship is one of three Signature Themes guiding University decisions.    Most recently, Bemidji State University's President signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging to develop a plan to become a carbon neutral institution.  A Campus Sustainability Coordinator was hired to help support and promote the goals of the ACUPCC as well as coordinate the Green Fee, a five dollar per semester student fee to promote campus environmental projects.  In 2005, BSU signed the Tailloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities.  As a result of this commitment, Students for the Environment, a BSU campus-based group that is open to students and community members, led the effort to begin the purchase of wind energy, starting with 616 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of wind energy for the Student Union.  This commitment qualifies BSU as a Green Power Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  BSU has also demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through its environmentally conscious curriculum, the creation in 1992 of the campus Environmental Advisory Committee (made up of students, faculty, and staff), and the subsequent adoption of the BSU Environmental Policy Statement.  BSU has instituted many other sustainable practices such as replacing most light fixtures with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs across campus, purchasing a hybrid security vehicle, installing water-conserving shower heads, installing motion sensors in some rooms and common areas, and purchasing supplies with more recycled content.  BSU also holds membership in the following organizations that are involved with environmental issues:  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS), National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program, Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). 

The Students for the Environment, Sustainability Coordinator, Environmental Advisory Committee and many other dedicated faculty, staff, and students continue to explore options for renewable energy use and conservation. 

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
~ John Muir