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PAT Council Gets Update on Energy; Possible Law School Merger

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 13, 2009

Energy conservation and the possibility of a UNH law school were the topics of discussion at the recent PAT Council meeting, held May 6 at the Elliot Alumni Center.

Matt O’Keefe, of the Energy Office, and Brett Pasinella of the Office of Sustainability, provided an overview of WildCAP, the university’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases, energy consumption and address climate challenges as pledged in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which UNH signed in 2007.

WildCAP (Climate, Action, Plan) outlines energy saving projects and policies whose implementation would help reduce emissions. 

Following that presentation, Dave Proulx, assistant vice president of budgeting and financial planning, and Nick Smith, associate professor of philosophy, gave an update on the possible merger of UNH and Franklin Pierce Law School (FPLC).

The Concord law school approached UNH with the idea in January 2008 to help FPLC reach its goal of becoming a Top 100 law school. Franklin Pierce is ranked as a third-tier school but Top 10 in intellectual property law. It has 480 students, 80 of whom are New Hampshire residents. Tuition is $35,300 a year.

A forum on the plan takes place Friday, May 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the MUB Theatre II.  All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In other news, there are two vacant seats on the council in District 1, formerly held by Sarah Aldag and District 5, formerly held by Larry Pignataro.

Also, council member Stormy Gleason volunteered to sit on a panel that will review the findings of the workplace survey employees were asked to take earlier this year. A report from consultants is expected in June.

The next meeting of the PAT Council is June 3 at 1:15 p.m. at the Elliot Alumni Center.

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