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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AASHE Welcomes CALMAC as Newest Member
CALMAC Pledges to Assist Higher Education Institutions
to Advance Sustainability Initiatives
Fair Lawn, N.J. – August 11, 2010 - CALMAC has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an association of colleges and universities working to create a sustainable world. Through its membership in AASHE, CALMAC will be able to better understand and assist higher education institutions in advancing their sustainability initiatives.
“CALMAC is honored to join AASHE as we share an interest in promoting alternative sources of energy for a more sustainable future,” said Mark MacCracken, CEO of CALMAC and Chair-elect, USGBC. “CALMAC has already helped many colleges and universities reduce energy consumption through thermal energy storage and we hope to continue to educate more institutions about this sustainable method of cooling.”
AASHE enables colleges and universities to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network for sharing information about sustainability products and services. Membership covers the entire business or campus, so everyone can take advantage of event discounts, access to member-only resources, and other benefits.
“We are delighted to have CALMAC on board and participating in the campus sustainability community,” said Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE. “Their involvement in AASHE demonstrates a commitment to working with higher education to create a just and sustainable future for all.”
Among AASHE’s major programs is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), which provides higher education with a standardized, comprehensive self-assessment instrument. STARS metrics cover every sector of campus, from planning and administration to operations, to education and research. With STARS as a roadmap or guide, institutions can select meaningful and appropriate pathways to sustainability while conserving valuable resources, mitigating global warming, and building healthier communities.
Another major program that AASHE supports is the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Over 650 presidents and chancellors to date have signed this commitment and are leading their institutions to climate neutrality as soon as possible. AASHE hosts the climate action reporting tool for the ACUPCC.
AASHE provides many of its resources free to the public, including a weekly newsletter, AASHE Bulletin, and a set of Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums on nearly 20 different topics. These can all be found in AASHE’s online Resource Center.
CALMAC Corporation is widely recognized for promoting peak energy conservation and energy cost savings. A member of Demand Response Smart Grid (DRSG) Coalition and a USGBC member, CALMAC is the manufacturer of IceBank® Energy Storage equipment with over 3,600 Ice Storage installations worldwide. IceBank systems are a valuable component of the smart grid, enabling energy, including renewable wind energy that mainly blows at night, to be efficiently stored for use during periods of high demand.
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It does this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. AASHE is a member-driven, independent 501(c) (3).
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