Haeger joins university-powered team to address climate change

John_d_haeger_northern_arizona_u Northern Arizona University President John Haeger recently joined a team of university leaders committed to reversing the effects of global warming.

Haeger
is now a charter signatory of the American College & University
Presidents Climate Commitment, created as an avenue for university
leaders to define and address the challenges of climate change.
      

Formed
in late 2006, the goal of the group is for colleges and universities to
model ways to minimize global warming emissions and to provide
knowledge and the educated graduates needed to minimize or eliminate
greenhouse gas emissions.

         

"Northern Arizona University is a leader in climate change research
and curriculum, and now through an interdisciplinary team of faculty
and students, we are assessing ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
from our own campus," Haeger said. "We are pleased to officially commit
to developing the diversity of skills needed to reverse global warming."
      

By
signing early Haeger also assumes a role in the group’s Leadership
Circle, which will eventually include up to 25 university and college
presidents who will become the public face and lead supporters of the
program.

Signatories are committing their institutions to:
      

  1. Develop
    a plan, within two years, to minimize or eliminate greenhouse gas
    emissions on campus, including an inventory of emissions, target dates,
    specific actions and tracking mechanisms as well as the education and
    research necessary for all students.
  2. Complete two or more specific actions from a list of initial steps to reduce greenhouse gases.
  3. Make their plans, greenhouse gas inventory and periodic progress reports publicly available.

According
to the program overview, the Presidents Climate Commitment challenges
the higher education community to play a role in addressing climate
change, in reversing global warming and in providing support for
American colleges and universities to minimize or eliminate greenhouse
gas emissions.
      

Modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate
Protection Agreement, this climate initiative seeks to identify at
least 200 college and university presidents who will become charter
signatories by June 2007. To date, 53 university and college leaders
are charter signatories. The group hopes for 1,000 signatories by 2010.

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