AUNE Signs the “American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge”
In the weeks preceding the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the White House announced that more than 200 university and college campuses—Antioch University New England among them—signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action by the world leaders gathering in Paris. These schools include historically black colleges and universities, religious institutions, women’s colleges, technical schools, community colleges, all schools in the Ivy League, and a variety of public and private universities located across more than 40 states.
The pledge states:
“As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus.”
The institutions signing the pledge are also already taking significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase campus sustainability and resilience, and incorporate environmental action into academic curriculum.