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The American College & University Presidents C limate Commitment. Climate Leadership in Higher Education. The Challenge. Over-reliance on fossil fuels Threat to human progress Halt growth of global warming pollution Must slash GHG emissions by 80%

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The american college university presidents c limate commitment

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

Climate Leadership in Higher Education


The challenge
The Challenge

  • Over-reliance on fossil fuels

  • Threat to human progress

  • Halt growth of global warming pollution

  • Must slash GHG emissions by 80%

  • Transformation of economy, institutions & daily lives

  • Vision & leadership of higher education


Reversing global warming is a defining challenge of the 21st century!


The initiative
The Initiative challenge of the 21st century!

  • Led by presidents & chancellors

  • High-visibility

  • Joint action to leverage change

  • Action plan for climate neutrality

  • Research & education

  • Develop societal capacity


Critical role of higher education
Critical Role of Higher Education challenge of the 21st century!

  • Educational, research & public service missions

  • Shaping tomorrow’s leaders

  • Faculty, staff & student involvement

  • Role models

  • Research, action & demonstration projects

  • Catalyze investment & develop new markets


Critical role of higher education1
Critical Role of Higher Education challenge of the 21st century!

  • Demand for renewable energy

  • Job creation

  • Support green industries

  • Innovative financing models

  • Local communities engagement

  • Living labs

  • Incentives (scholarships, fellowships)


Benefits opportunities
Benefits & Opportunities challenge of the 21st century!

  • Invite stakeholders into meaningful purpose

  • Public-private partnerships

  • Fulfill missions

  • Lead technology race

  • Operate more efficiently

  • Stay ahead of regulatory curve


The commitment

Within challenge of the 21st century!

1 Year

First 2 Months

Within

2 Years

Develop institutional action plan & initiate two of seven suggested actions

Create institutional structures

Complete inventory of emissions

The Commitment


Climate leadership in action
Climate Leadership in Action challenge of the 21st century!

  • Energy independence at U Wisconsin

  • Sustainability policies at U of California & California State

  • LACCD green buildings

  • U Oklahoma, Minnesota & Michigan State joined CCX

  • Harvard’s Green Loan fund

  • U of Colorado-Boulder wind turbine


Testimonials
Testimonials challenge of the 21st century!

“Global warming is a defining issue of the 21st century, and higher education must be a leader in addressing global climate change through research, education, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Amy Gutmann

President, University of Pennsylvania

ACUPCC Leadership Circle Member


Testimonials1
Testimonials challenge of the 21st century!

“More than ever, universities must take leadership roles to address the grand challenges of the twenty-first century, and climate change is paramount among these.”

Michael M. Crow

President, Arizona State University

ACUPCC Leadership Circle Member


Testimonials2
Testimonials challenge of the 21st century!

“We are in the middle of one of those rare moments when the right thing to do it also the economically smart thing to do.”

Kathleen Schatzberg

President, Cape Cod Community College

ACUPCC Leadership Circle Member


Organization
Organization challenge of the 21st century!


Co organizer contact information
Co-Organizer Contact Information challenge of the 21st century!

Lee Bodner

ecoAmerica

301.379.4200

[email protected]

Anthony D. Cortese

Second Nature

617.224.1611

[email protected]

Judy Walton

AASHE

503.222.7041

[email protected]

www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org


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