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College & University Presidents Stand Up For Climate Action

Robert Friedman

Posted May 29, 2014

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Over the past seven years, 684 colleges and universities, including my own alma mater (Go Bates!), have signed onto the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to make voluntary commitments to reduce climate pollution on their campuses. Earlier this week, the ACUPCC took a major stand for climate action by submitting a letter to President Obama in support of limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

Addressing the climate crisis through reducing carbon pollution from power plants fits squarely into the educational, research, and public service missions of Higher Education. Limiting industrial carbon pollution is a critical step towards protecting our institutions of learning from the worst impacts of climate change.


Reckless carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases threaten every aspect of our society. Besides extreme weather events and impacts to peoples’ health, climate change threatens the missions of colleges and universities to educate young people to be good stewards of society and of our collective futures on this planet. Colleges and universities have a moral obligation to stand up to special interests and support bold climate action.

Thank you to the 684 college and university presidents who have committed to addressing the climate crisis on their own campuses through sustainability efforts and for standing up for carbon pollution standards. There is still a lot of work to do, including divesting endowments from the fossil fuel industry, but getting these standards for existing power plants is a very important step.

Stand with these college and university presidents and support standards on carbon pollution!

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