Editor’s Note: Dr. Wallace E. Boston, Chief Executive Officer, American Public Education, Inc.:
Sustainability and climate change are top of mind for many Americans. When APUS was asked to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), I did so thinking that conservation of materials, including recycling and minimizing an institution’s carbon footprint, was an excellent thing to do. Since then, we’ve encouraged carpooling and telecommuting, have instituted corporate recycling programs, and built or renovated our buildings to a minimum of LEED Silver standards. Rather than purchase carbon offset credits, we have sought opportunities to reduce our energy usage over time. As Dr. Lotze notes in his commentary which follows, recycling paper and electronic products and reducing energy consumption are best practices we share with local and regional partners with a goal of leading by example.