The City of Norman, the University of Oklahoma and the URC are committed to sustainable growth. In the words of President Boren: “It is our patriotic duty as Americans to help our country achieve energy independence and to be sound stewards of the environment.”
Crimson and Green
On April 2007, President Boren signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, making OU the first institution in Oklahoma to sign the commitment. As one of 152 college and university presidents or chancellors who became charter signatories of the commitment, it is fitting that OU has a pioneering role in pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“OU is uniquely situated for leadership in this area not only because of the conservation steps being announced today, but because of our academic leadership in fields related to advanced oil and gas production, enhanced recovery of fossil fuels, weather and climate research, biofuels research and other areas.” – President Boren
The University Research Campus incorporates high standards regarding construction of buildings with the environment in mind. Current and future products of the research campus involve LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This certification insures that new construction will be built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Norman’s sustainability efforts are coordinated by Green Norman, a team of city employees who are dedicated to improving the city’s green standards. Their initiatives include a focus on the use of compressed natural gas instead of traditional gasoline, retrofitting street lights to use LEDs and using energy efficient building materials.