In 2007, I joined more than 330 college and university presidents in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. This document expresses our deep concern regarding “the unprecedented scale and speed of global warming and its potential for large-scale, adverse health, social, economic, and ecological effects.” It also emphasizes the need for “colleges and universities [to] exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society” in addressing climate change.
By signing the document, I have committed UMBC to (1) developing “a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible;” (2) initiating a number of “tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the more comprehensive plan is being developed;” and (3) making our “action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available by providing them to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.” Through our research and curriculum we are committed also to “providing the knowledge and the educated graduates” needed to help move the world toward climate neutrality.
Our Climate Change Task Forcecomprised of students, faculty and staffwill lead UMBC’s efforts in meeting this commitment.
We will continue to update the campus community on our plans and hope you will join us by making a commitment to living a more sustainable lifestyle and getting involved in sustainability initiatives.
For more information on the Climate Commitment, please visit www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/html/commitment.php.
Climate Change Task Force