ecoAmerica Honored with US Green Building Council’s 2009 Leadership Award

Usgbc logo The U.S. Green Building Council named ecoAmerica as one of the recipients of the 2009 Leadership Awards. ecoAmerica was recognized, along with AASHE and Second Nature, for signifying vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction. Meighen Speiser, ecoAmerica's VP of Marketing, went to Phoenix on Friday, Nov. 13th to receive the award during the 2009 Greenbuild Conference.

USGBC award-edited ecoAmerica, AASHE and Second Nature were honored with the Leadership
in the Non-Governmental Organization Sector (there were two other
recipients, one each for public and private sectors) for our work on the
American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of USGBC said of the recipients, "It is their passion, expertise and their tremendous contributions that allow us to move closer toward fulfilling our collective mission of transforming the built environment."

With our partners, ecoAmerica launched the
American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in
March, 2007. 
Since its launch,
the ACUPCC has become the major driver of sustainability in higher education,
and remains the only sector-wide initiative focused on climate neutrality.  Over 660 schools in all 50 states with nearly
40% of America's higher education students have signed on to mea
sure
and report their emissions, take immediate steps to reduce them, and
develop and implement a plan to go climate neutral. The strength of the
effort also led to a partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative,
giving signatories access to a $5 billion pool of financing for
emissions reductions.

The impact of the ACUPCC goes beyond the operational and educational
activities on individual campuses. As schools implement the commitment,
each class passing through the campus sees that solving climate change
doesn't just benefit polar bears – it improves their quality of life,
and prepares them for successful careers. It helps generate new
leaders, workers and the technology society needs to move to a more
sustainable future. The aggressive actions these institutions are
taking powerfully demonstrate that we can address global warming in
ways that are good for students, schools and communities. Learn more at
the Presidents Climate Commitment website.

If we want to build support for climate solutions among Americas, talk isn't enough. We need to connect to their daily lives and core values. America's colleges and universities train the students who will help society solve climate change, and are important role models and economic engines for thousands of communities across the nation. ecoAmerica realized that to make climate relevant to these 17 million students, we had to relate it to their daily priorities and we also had to enlist the institutions of higher education themselves (45 million students, faculty, and staff reached over the last 3 years).

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