Pittsburg State University this spring demonstrated why it’s quickly becoming known for its environmental efforts with President Steve Scott’s signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

PSU is the first four-year university in Kansas to sign the commitment, which calls for universities to work towards climate neutrality.

“This is an important step forward for Pittsburg State University,” said Scott. “It’s an initiative that really reflects our commitment to the environment and the steps this campus is taking to be better stewards of our resources.”

Over the past year those steps have included the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system for McPherson Hall and Timmons Chapel, increased emphasis on recycling programs on campus and the addition of a new academic program.

Students, faculty and visitors to campus will soon be able to see the university’s progress in sustainability for themselves, thanks to the addition of energy monitors. The monitors will report building energy usage in real-time and are another example of how PSU is using technology to advance its sustainability efforts.