SRU Good News for Nov. 12, 2009
SRU president signs American College and University Presidents
Climate Commitment; outlines SRU efforts in greening, sustainability
Robert Smith, president of Slippery Rock University and a longtime proponent of environmental sustainability, today signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment saying, "Slippery Rock University is committed to helping lead the region in reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases, starting with our own campus."
"Slippery Rock University has long been a leader in modeling sustainability issues. Joining with presidents of other American colleges and universities is a natural step as we accept the challenge to become even more sustainable," Smith said.
Students and invited faculty and staff involved in various green projects, environmental studies and sustainable systems education attended the Old Main signing ceremony.
Launched in 2007, the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment is a network of signatory schools, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 660 institutions have signed the ACUPCC. This high-visibility effort to address global warming garners institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education in an effort to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.
"We are proud of our decades-long greening efforts which have already proven successful. We are proud of the graduates of our master's in sustainable systems program and their work in the region and across the U.S. in expanding and creating new sustainability solutions, including building support for buying locally grown produce and promoting organically grown foods, while simultaneously reducing carbon footprints. We also realize there is much more to accomplish," Smith said.
Read more about this exciting initiative in Friday's rockpride online: rockpride.sru.edu.
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