ACUPCC 5th Anniversary: 2012 Climate Leadership Summit

originally published July 11, 2012 in

n March 2007 ecoAmerica and partners AASHE and Second Nature, launched the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Since then over 675 schools in all 50 states with nearly 40% of America’s higher education students have signed on to measure and report their emissions, take immediate steps to reduce them, and develop and implement a plan to go climate neutral. Now under the management of Second Nature, ACUPCC continues to flourish and grow successfully. On June 21-22, American University hosted the 2012 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit.

The ACUPCC Implementer, Issue #46
Cross-post from The ACUPCC Implementer
by Steve Muzzy

Signatory presidents of the ACUPCC pose for a photograph during the opening reception. ecoAmerica President, Bob Perkowitz is at the top middle, next to Lisa Renstrom, ecoAmerica Board Director.

Last month we held the 2012 Climate Leadership Summit. Many thanks to American University for hosting a terrific event! More than 50 presidents attended to celebrate the first 5 years of the initiative, recognize the Climate Leadership Award recipients, and discuss how the ACUPCC can expand its progress moving forward. Three publications were released at the Summit including a special 5-Year report documenting the initiative’s progress to date, a white paper that explores how to enhance federal incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and a strategy document outlining goals for integrating sustainability into the educational experience of all students. Tim White, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside and Chair of the Steering Committee, provides more detail on these documents below as well as outlines the goals for the ACUPCC in the next 5 years – a full summary of the Summit is provided by Sarah Brylinsky. Rounding out this month’s issue is a video address from Bill McKibben to the summit participants as well as an accompanying article on his experience at Rio+20.

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