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CMC presidents signs climate commitment, reveals plans

ROBERT ALLEN
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BRECKENRIDGE – Colorado Mountain College on Friday joined more than 650 colleges and universities across the country as president Stan Jensen signed a commitment to environmental sustainability.

The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment involves completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory within a year of signing, creating a plan for becoming climate neutral and integrating sustainability into curriculum.

Jensen, 56, signed the commitment before about 100 people at the recently-opened Breckenridge Center of CMC’s Summit Campus. The building is loaded with eco-friendly attributes ranging from occupancy-sensing lighting to high-efficiency heating and a 10-kilowatt solar electric system.

The college began going green well before Friday’s event. A year ago, CMC entered a contract with the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office involving “a competitive bidding process for energy audits of its many buildings,” according to a CMC press release.

The audits will help the college plan energy cost reduction.

CMC also has begun offering solar energy certificate programs including “basic solar voltaic, solar thermal installation and photovoltaic installation,” according to the press release.

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Jensen, who began working with CMC in July 2008, had his official inauguration on Friday. He explained plans to improve CMC’s service to communities and become “a destination college and well-known worldwide,” Jensen said in the press release.

“It is common for college presidential inaugurations to be held anywhere from nine to 18 months after a president joins an institution,” he said. “The time allows them to understand the culture and history of the college before they introduce their own plan of action.”

Plans for CMC also include developing curriculum to give students 21st-century skills and focus on partnering with local businesses to help with the economic recovery.

Local donors financed the inauguration ceremony.

Also on Friday, three Colorado philanthropists – including Alpine Bank founder and CEO J. Robert Young – received honorary associate’s degrees from CMC.

“It’s to give some recognition of significant or outstanding contributions in leadership and philanthropy. Without the support of these three initial recipients of our honorary scholarship, I can’t imagine we would be the college we are today,” Jensen said in a press release.

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