President Anderson Signs Climate Commitment

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Left to right: Drs. Ajoy Kumar, Nadine Garner, John Anderson and Kathleen Schreiber

Millersville University has joined 675 universities across the U.S. to become climate neutral and advance education about sustainability.  President John Anderson signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) on Tuesday, October 8, in front of cabinet members and faculty who are members of the Sustainability Committee at Millersville.

The commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the individuals who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming.

“Sustainability is important to Millersville because it’s important to the world,” said Anderson.  “This initiative will bring together the many great efforts of faculty, staff and students and coordinate them towards one goal. Right now we may not have the technology to achieve carbon neutrality, but if we don’t commit, we never will. Our students are coming to our University, and they really want to make a difference.  They understand that their actions today will impact each generation.”

Watch the video about sustainability at Millersville at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sML4SsVIQAc.

Anderson currently serves on the Steering Committee for the ACUPCC.

Institutions that signed with the ACUPCC have agreed to complete an emissions inventory, take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and connect sustainability to the curriculum and campus operations for their students. Within two years, ACUPCC universities also have to set a date and create provisional objectives to become climate neutral. In joining this effort, current sustainability systems on campus will not be drastically changed as this is not meant as an alternative to any current plans.  You can read more at: http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/.

 

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