President Anderson Speaks at World Wildlife Fund’s Dinner

Millersville University President, Dr. John Anderson, was among a small group of distinguished panelists invited to speak at the World Wildlife Fund’s annual dinner held in Washington, D.C. on October 17th. Dr. Anderson joined the Mayor of Carmel, Indiana; the Global Sustainability Director for Mars Incorporated, and the Global Chief Communications Officer for Royal Caribbean at the globally-recognized conservation organization’s annual dinner to discuss the university’s climate commitments and the We Are Still In Campaign.

Millersville University is one of more than 2,300 signatories to the We Are Still In Campaign, which pledges to uphold U.S. commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. Signatories include businesses, cities and counties, states and tribes, and colleges and universities.  The top five largest cities in Pennsylvania, including the City of Lancaster, have signed the agreement as have numerous Pennsylvania businesses and universities.

Dr. Anderson spoke about the University’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 as outlined in Millersville’s Climate Action Plan, which he signed in January of 2016.  He also spoke about the City of Lancaster’s efforts to address climate change, and the importance of partnerships between businesses, the higher education community, non-profits and local governments in responding to climate change.

“It is increasingly clear that while the challenge of climate change is global, the impacts will be felt locally,” said President Anderson. “Fortunately the solutions can begin locally as well. The net zero energy building currently under construction at Millersville will demonstrate new and sustainable ways of generating and using energy, and the upcoming Sustainability Summit held by the Lancaster Chamber highlights the value of, and need for, partnerships, collaboration and learning.”

The World Wildlife Fund annual dinner brought together more than 175 leaders from all aspects of society to discuss the emerging response to climate change among governors, mayors, university presidents and corporate CEOs. The World Wildlife Fund is the world’s leading conservation association with presence in over 100 countries and 5 million members globally.

 

Dr. Halawa Conducts Peer Review for International Research Conference

Dr. Abdelhadi Halawa, Wellness and Sport Sciences, a member of the International Scientific Program Committee for the 1st American University in the Emirates International Research Conference (AUEIRC), which will be held in Dubai, UAE, November 15-16, 2017, recently completed a peer-review for a research paper for the conference. The paper is titled “Effect of Climate on Malaria Infection in Ibi, Taraba State, Nigeria.”

Taraba State is located in northern Nigeria, which falls under the Sudan and Guinea Savannah Region. This paper addresses the expectation of a severe reduction in moisture flux and rainfall in the region leading to a sharp increase in mosquito breeding and an epidemic of malaria infection.

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