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    Energy conservation and promotion of a sustainable environment are ways in which we show our leadership in the “global community.” Monmouth University has received state and national awards for our efforts, which have included the installation of an extensive array of solar panels.

    There is more work to be done. We share one earth, sustained by one ocean system. We are very proud of our beautiful campus and the community in which we live. The Monmouth University campus provides one of the largest and last open spaces in the area. Our actions impact the adjacent waterways including Whale Pond Brook and Lake Takanassee; we affect the quality of the air and the land on and around our campus. It is important to recognize that each individual and every action influence this delicate system, the sustainability of our campus, and of the global environment.

    We have established a Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC). The mission of SAC is to promote environmental awareness through education and outreach, and to propose, research, and recommend energy and sustainability policy for the University to implement. SAC also reviews current practices, policies, and procedures, and recommends changes and actions that will positively impact the sustainability of the Monmouth University campus. The Monmouth University SAC is an interdisciplinary work group made up of members of the University community including faculty, administrators, staff, and students. I encourage you to get involved!

    If you would like to volunteer to join the council, you may contact Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services in the Facilities Management building at pswannac@monmouth.edu or at extension 3546. Thank you in advance for your interest and active participation. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

    Monmouth University has distinguished itself as a leader by demonstrating energy efficiency and environmental consciousness among academic institutions.

    • Monmouth University is the first independent university in New Jersey to sign a comprehensive green operation agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    • In 2006 the University installed a 454kW solar photovoltaic system—at the time, it was the largest solar array on any campus east of the Mississippi River.
    • The University was named the New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year in 2006 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and in 2007 received a Merit Award from the Monmouth County Planning Board for its Solar Panel Installation Project.
    • In 2012, the University installed an additional 600 kW solar panel system on seven University buildings under a Power Purchase agreement with Torcon Energy Services, and in 2014 received the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the Clean Air category for its contributions to improving air quality in New Jersey.