Universities Raise The Stakes on Climate

Monday, October 5, 2015

ATLANTA __ Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature is dramatically expanding its climate work on behalf of the almost 700 universities in its network, adding an integrated Climate Commitment that targets carbon reduction, resiliency and sustainability. At least 10 university presidents will inaugurate the new commitment with a signing ceremony and news conference at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta on October 5, 2015. The integrated Climate Commitment, along with the Carbon and Resilience Commitments, comprise a large group of Higher Ed leaders that believe in and work towards the creation of a positive and sustainable future.

Since 1993, Second Nature has played a critical role in mobilizing higher education to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability in university operations. The network engaged in their voluntary carbon neutrality Commitment is the largest of its kind in the United States. Responding to evolving climate realities, Second Nature has both updated its approach to climate action, and added a crucial new component: climate resilience.

When: 8:00 to 9:00 am ET, Monday, October 5, 2015
Where: Agnes Scott College, Alumnae House Tea Room
141 College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Speakers include:
● Tim Carter, President, Second Nature
● Elizabeth Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College
● Paul Ferguson, President, Ball State University
● Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

Media Contact: Sue Dorfman -- Email: sue@turner4D.com / Mobile: 617-513-6179 Tim Carter, Second Nature’s president, and the university presidents in attendance will be available for interviews.

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Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.