Green Expo yields climate commitment

04/14/08 Jessica Glenza
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On Saturday, the University of South Florida held it’s first ever Green Expo, during which University President Judy Genshaft signed the American College’s and Universities Climate Commitment.

The American Colleges and University Climate commitment pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by mid century, and include sustainability education in the curriculum for all students. More than 515 Universities and Colleges have already signed the Climate Commitment, including Stetson University and the University of Florida.

Signing the commitment is a major step forward for USF, an institution some say has not done enough to move forward sustainably.

While the signing of the Climate Commitment obligates the University to tangible standards to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Expo itself brought together exhibitors such as USF’s chapter of Engineers without Borders, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus system, and the South West Florida Water Management District.

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