Approved by the:	University Senate May 15, 1997

UNIVERSITY SENATE RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING AN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION POLICY FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

WHEREAS, the University has established a tradition of energy conservation and a concern for the environmental impact of its actions, and

WHEREAS, the issue of energy conservation has become of critical importance in decisions on the purchase and operation of University properties, and

WHEREAS, the issue of global climatic change has emerged as an issue of paramount concern in the scientific community, and

WHEREAS, President Clinton has pledged that the USA should stabilize its emission of greenhouse gases at 1990 levels by the year 2000, and

WHEREAS, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Urban CO2 Project Plan offers a framework for substantially reducing metropolitan CO2 emissions,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE UNIVERSITY SENATE RECOMMENDS:

That the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota adopt as University policy the consideration of conservation of energy resources in the purchase and operation of University properties, and

That the Board of Regents should reaffirm the University's commitment to conserve natural resources in the construction, renovation, and maintenance of University structures for the optimal utilization of space in all future buildings and building site plans, and

That the Board of Regents should reaffirm the University's commitments to pollution reduction and waste abatement programs.

ADDENDUM

The Senate Committee on Finance and Planning and the Social Concerns Committee agree that the Facilities Management Subcommittee should serve in a liaison role between Facilities Management and the Committee on Finance and Planning with respect to the energy conservation and environmental impact issues pertaining to the operation and maintenance of University properties.

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