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Published on Apr 17, 2014
Clarkson University has become a signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Clarkson President Tony Collins signed the commitment today, sitting with Mitchell Thomashow, director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, who is visiting Clarkson to speak on easy ways to make colleges more sustainable. Second Nature is the supporting organization of the ACUPCC.
ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to better equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.
By signing the document, Clarkson has agreed to complete an emissions inventory; within two years, set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral; take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions; integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience; make the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.