Montclair State “Greens Up” with the EPA

Photo: Mike Peters

Joann Brennan McKee of the EPA and Provost Richard A. Lynde at the signing ceremony of the University’s commitment to sustainability.

In a clear indication of its commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, Montclair State became the first educational institution in the nation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committing to utilize the latest green technologies and practices on its 246-acre campus. By signing the MOU, the University agreed to management and operational principles that will ensure that it meets high environmental standards and reduces its carbon footprint.

“Montclair State University gets an A+ for its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and the waste stream from its operations,” said Alan J. Steinberg, Regional Administrator for the EPA. “This important agreement underscores innovation and a comprehensive commitment toward sustainable development. Montclair is looking greener every day.”

“We are proud to be among the organizations that will work to ensure the earth’s future,” said then Montclair State University Provost Richard A. Lynde. Signing on behalf of the University, Lynde called the agreement “historically significant.”

With the signing of the agreement, the University is pledging that green activities and sustainability will be integrated into all facility operations, and that all new construction will incorporate green building technology and materials.