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Past Initiatives


  • October 22, 2012 – Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.
  • February 25, 2013 ~ PlanEat: PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.
  • March 25, 2013 ~ Crude Impact is an award-winning documentary that explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil.
  • We are looking for other TCNJ organizations and clubs to sponsor the Film Series


  • Information tables on November 14th and November 15th promoting recycling and providing information.
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  • Travers and Wolfe dorms will be competing in an energy challenge to see which tower will conserve the most energy during the months of November, December, February and March.
  • Promotion via flyers, Facebook, email and videos will provide students information about the competition and tips on how to conserve energy
  • Events will be created to also promote these initiatives


Other ways to get involved: Attend the President’s Climate Commitment Committee Meetings – 2nd Friday of each month, 8:30am to learn about opportunities

The Campus Carbon Neutrality Study

The Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., a regional architectural and sustainable design firm, will conduct its Campus Carbon Neutrality Study, as chosen by the PCCC.

This project will include surveying all campus buildings, analyzing current practices and programs, and formulating strategies to adapt to new technologies for energy such as solar and wind.

Emissions Inventory

An inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions of the TCNJ campus was completed using the Clean Air, Cool Planet “Climate Action Toolkit”. This involved calculating the total amount of electricity used on campus, the amount of solid waste generated, total miles traveled through commuting, air miles traveled by faculty and students for TCNJ related purposes, and much more.

Further information can be found on the website for Clean Air, Cool Planet here:

2009 Climate Action Plan

To see the 2009 Climate Action Plan, click here:

Appliance Purchases

The first initiative we have put in place at TCNJ is to require that all newly purchased appliances are ENERGY STAR certified products.

For more information on Energy and this initiative please visit:

Carbon Offsets

The Committee has recommended to the President that we choose the Carbon Fund as our carbon offset provider to offset all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by TCNJ. has three types of projects for us to choose from in purchasing offsets.  The projects are listed below

  • Renewable energy projects are projects that support renewable energy installations. Examples of these include the Hancock County Wind Energy Center – Garner, Iowa and the New Bedford Landfill Methane project – New Bedford, Mass.
  • Energy efficiency projects are projects that support increasing energy efficiency at large facilities around the country.  Examples include IdleAire – Nationwide, Chicago Climate Exchange – Nationwide.
  •  Reforestation projects are projects that promote reforestation as a means of removing carbon from the atmosphere.  These projects are not recommended because carbon sequestration from reforestation is acts as only a temporary carbon reservoir and the long term carbon reduction amount is unclear.  The committee will continue to support reforestation projects that more directly reduce TCNJ’s carbon emissions, such as on-campus reforestation.

Carbon Fund is an independently verified company that works within the United States.  TCNJ is allowed to choose which of the three areas of their portfolio we want to support.  Carbon Fund also utilizes the Environmental Resources Trust to audit their project portfolio, ensure our donations match our offset purchases, and provide further guidance on the developing carbon standards.  Some of their offset projects are funded by major companies including Volkswagen, and Dell computers.

The committee proposes to purchase offsets in support of the renewable energy projects of the Carbon Fund in keeping with the original idea to support renewable energy on campus.