Hampshire Delegates Attend Regional Symposium on Climate Commitment
President Jonathan Lash and other Hampshire College representatives participated in the 2011 Northeast Regional Collaborative Symposium of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), held in Boston.
Also attending were Professor Steve Roof, earth and environmental sciences, Nancy Apple, director of environmental health and safety, and student trustee Zilong Wang 09F. Roof, Apple, and Wang are members of the College’s Environmental Committee, which plans and implements initiatives to assist in meeting Hampshire’s ACUPCC commitments.
The ACUPCC is a network of more than 670 schools committed to reduction and eventual elimination of global warming emissions and to accelerating research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.
The Presidents Climate Commitment is the first such effort by any major sector of society to set climate neutrality – not just a reduction – as its target. This undertaking by America’s colleges and universities is inspired by efforts like the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership and other collective efforts by states and businesses.