New green initiatives and previous energy conservation standbys in administration and daily campus activities have prompted the Maryland Green Registry to accept Capitol College into the esteemed ranks of its membership early this fall.
“We are using our resources to better serve our community, our student population, our constituents and the environment,” said Dr. Michael Wood, president. “All Capitol College constituents have a vested interest in our carbon footprint, and our efforts to provide an innovative and practical education are carefully duplicated into innovative and practical uses of energy, time and capital to reduce our impact on the environment.”
Through the Maryland Green Registry, Capitol’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact can be shared willingly with other registry members and with all publics. At the same time, the college gains the insight of other similar universities and companies attempting to be more energy efficient.
Capitol College continues to be environmentally-friendly through several means. The quarterly magazine, the Capitol Chronicle, is printed on paper containing 50 percent recycled content and is posted online for those who prefer to read it virtually. Other crucial student publications like the student handbook and course catalogs are also posted online, and the college reduces paper waste by keeping alumni and friends of the college up-to-date electronically through the creation of a monthly e-newsletter, the Capitol Connector.
Eligible Capitol employees are allowed to participate in a telecommuting work option to reduce daily commuter trips and fuel consumption, while teleconferencing technology and the synchronous Capitol Live and asynchronous Capitol Online platforms can host events and meetings for outside visitors in lieu of traveling to campus. In addition, the college recently signed a contract with BGE as part of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program to improve the campus’s HVAC system, improving energy efficiency.
On Oct. 17, Capitol College will again participate in the 7th annual Gorgeous Prince George’s Day, an initiative by P.G. county executive Jack Johnson. The county-wide event focuses on beautifying work and living places in an effort to create clean, healthy livable environments for all citizens. This year, 20 crape myrtle trees and 100 spring flower bulbs will be planted by student, faculty and staff volunteers.
“This partnership with the Maryland Green Registry reflects the direction Capitol College leadership has decided to take as far as environmentalism, and the sentiment extends throughout the faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement. “We look forward to the first meetings of the campus-wide Environmental Committee, established this fall, as they develop an institutional plan and goals to expand our green promise.”
The Maryland Green Registry is comprised of organizations working toward a sustainable Maryland; it is a voluntary, self-certification program offering tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability. Members of the registry demonstrate their commitment to a strong, proactive approach to environmental management.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Md., a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical.