American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

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Climate Leadership For America, the 2007 Annual Report for the
American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, has
been released by supporting organizations ecoAmerica, AASHE (the
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
and Second Nature.  The document showcases the most prominent successes
of the program to date.

Download the Report here. 

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The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment
(“Presidents Climate Commitment”) is a high-visibility effort to make
campuses more sustainable and address global warming by garnering
specific institutional commitments to reduce and ultimately neutralize
greenhouse gas emissions on campus.  The effort is modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement led by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

The Presidents Climate Commitment is a joint venture program developed and implemented by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Second Nature and ecoAmerica

Building on the growing momentum for leadership and action on climate change, the Presidents Climate Commitment provides a framework and supporting mechanisms for America’s colleges and universities to go climate neutral.  The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that colleges and universities have to serve as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming.  Presidents joining the Presidents Climate Commitment effort also understand that taking a leadership position will improve their institution’s position in the competition for research funding and for the best students, faculty and staff.  It also recognizes the unique role of the Presidents and Chancellors in providing leadership and guidance to their institutions and communities.

The Presidents Climate Commitment has three major phases:

Phase I:  Laying the Groundwork: September 2006 – January 2007
Development of commitment documents, project plans, a solicitation/enrollment program, a communications plan, support materials and a website to support the launch and development of the Presidents Climate Commitment.  Using these materials, the partners will recruit a “Leadership Circle” of 15 to 25 college and university presidents who will become the public face and lead sector supporters of the program.  They will also establish a communications/coordination program, and recruit corporate and foundations sponsors to support ACUPCC events, marketing and support.

Phase II:  Launch to the Higher Education Community: January – June 2007
The Presidents Climate Commitment Leadership will launch the effort in January 2007 with the goal of recruiting 200 presidents by June 2007.  This effort will be supported by Leadership Circle solicitations of new signatories, launch of the website, a direct marketing initiative targeting all American college and university presidents and preparation for a public launch.  Solicitation of corporate and foundation sponsors will continue through this period.

Phase III:  Public Launch and Program Expansion: June 2007 through 2009
The Leadership Circle will host a public launch and summit meeting at a major university in June 2007.  The outreach program will be managed by Second Nature and AASHE to enlist additional signatories and provide at least annual reporting on program progress.  The ultimate goal is to launch a broad, continuous, higher education effort on climate change with at least 1000 participating institutions.

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Key Materials and Documents

2007 Annual Report

Introduction Letter from the Leadership Circle

Commitment Document
Letter of Intent
Project Overview
Campus Case Studies
Committed Signatories

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