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By Timothy P. White, Chancellor of University of California, Riverside and Co-Chair of the ACUPCC Steering Committee
(This article appears in the July, 2011 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


In February 2012, the ACUPCC will turn five years old. At this time five years ago, the initiative was an idea, just starting to build momentum. That momentum has now propelled the initial idea into one of the most important climate change initiatives in the world.

Timothy P. WhiteThe higher education sector in the US is responsible for many of the world’s most influential ideas, values, and leaders. With a critical mass of these institutions — nearly 700 strong, representing 6 million students — now making real progress towards climate neutrality, the ACUPCC is laying an important foundation in creating the clean, green economy.

Looking ahead to the next academic year, the ACUPCC Steering Committee has identified three key ideas about how to build new momentum for this critical initiative.

First, we aim to ensure that all ACUPCC institutions are fulfilling their pledge, and realizing the benefits of a proactive climate action plan. In practice, the best metric for measuring fulfillment is the reporting rate — the percentage of ACUPCC schools that are up-to-date in publicly submitting their greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans, and progress updates. At present, 66% of the network is in good standing with their reporting. We have a goal of increasing that number to at least 80% within the next twelve months.

Second, the network has identified four important, timely topics to focus on in the coming year: (1) financing sustainability projects; (2) addressing the academic component of the Commitment; (3) evaluating higher education’s role in adapting to the impacts driven by climate disruption; and (4) engaging with our international counterparts to support our mutual goals.

And third, we plan to make a concerted effort to increase the size and diversity of the ACUPCC network. Forty-five new signatories joined the network in 2010. We would like to see one hundred new signatories join in the next twelve months, with a special focus on minority-serving and under-resourced institutions.


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The Energy Action Coalition is back in… action.   Check out this video launching the Power Vote 2010 campaign aimed at getting dirty energy out of politics, so that energy efficiency and clean energy solutions can power green jobs and economic recovery:

College and university students are leading the youth climate movement to create a safer future for all of us.  They have opened applications for political campaign training courses this fall; they are working internationally through the Great Power Race; they are creating visions of the future they want through Define Our Decade; and  they are getting to work on 10/10/10 to show politicians how we can reduce atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 350 parts per million.

As the July issue of the ACUPCC Implementer focused on – addressing the climate crisis requires great leadership at all levels.  The youth of our country are certainly among the most important and effective actors in ensuring we make this great transition successfully, peacefully, and quickly.

Here in Boston, The Leadership Campaign has been working hard to green Massachusetts campuses and improve energy policy in the Commonwealth – read more about their efforts in this piece by former Second Nature intern Dan Abrams.

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College and university students across the world – but particularly those in the US, China, and India – are gearing up for some friendly competition to save the world.

Four groups – 350.org, China Youth Climate Action Network, Indian Youth Climate Network, and the Energy Action Coalition – are supporting the campaign that will run through the end of 2010.

Right now, in the first phase, the goal is to see how many campus teams they can get signed up from each country, so if you’re a college or university student, see if your campus has a team yet, and if not, start one: www.greatpowerrace.org

Later on this year, teams will earn points by implementing projects that promote clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This is a critical year for ramping up action to avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption, so get involved – and good luck!

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