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by Georges Dyer, Second Nature

Georges Dyer

On Thursday, April 7th, 2010, an historic event took place in Atlanta, GA – Spelman College, on their Founders Day, unveiled the first LEED certified building for new construction on an historically black college, achieving a LEED Silver rating.

Dr. Beverly Tatum (President), Art Fraiser (Director of Facilities Management), and David Freidman (US Green Building Council representative) spoke about the efficient features of the building, such as non-toxic and repurposed materials, efficient HVAC systems, a white roof (to reduce heat gain), and efficient lighting.

The Spelman ceremony (and student-guided tours of the building) also served as the kick-off for first of three Building Green Learning Institutes in 2010 developed by the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building and made possible by the Kresge Foundation.

This program demonstrated what a ground-swell of activity there is around sustainability on HBCU campuses. Despite disproportion barriers, they are ahead of the curve in many ways, and poised to lead the way forward towards a sustainable society.  It also set the stage for the next two Building Green Learning Institutes in Minneapolis, MN from May 6-8, 2010 and in San Antonio, TX from June 10-12, 2010.  The Minneapolis event will focus on tribal colleges, many of which are also out in front in terms of sustainability.  More details are available at www.campusgreenbuilder.org/BldgGreenMSIs

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by Richard J. Cook, President Emeritus of Allegheny College and Second Nature Education for Sustainability Fellow

The ACUPCCIn slightly over two years the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has grown from a compelling idea into a nationwide phenomenon. Almost 700 institutions of higher learning are now ACUPCC signatories. And many others are eager to learn more about the effort. Interest in the ACUPCC was widespread at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) annual Presidents’ Institute in early January 2010 on Marco Island, Florida.

Presidents representing four ACUPCC signatory colleges participated in a panel discussion entitled “Presidential Leadership in Climate Change and Sustainability.” President Marvalene Hughes described an inspirational commitment made by Dillard University to rebuild its campus on the principle of carbon neutrality in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Rosalind Reichard, president of Emory & Henry College, described the challenges of pursuing climate neutrality on a campus situated amid a coal-based economy and culture. Paul Fonteyn, president of Green Mountain College, told of his small college’s rapid journey to carbon-neutrality, and the way in which such an audacious commitment has helped galvanize the entire campus community behind a unifying ideal. For my part, I discussed my efforts to generate institution-wide engagement with the climate commitment and described the financial and branding benefits of the effort.

“The ACUPCC has become the most ambitious collective effort by higher education since the Second World War.”

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