UMN Signs the White House Climate Pledge

UMN Commitment to Climate

Today, the White House announced that more than 200 university and college campuses signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action by world leaders in Paris next month at the Conference on Climate Change. 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- including the University of Minnesota.

Signing campuses represent over 3.3 million students across the country. They are committing to take action by signing the American Campuses on Climate Pledge:

“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.”   

President Kaler expanded upon the commitment by stating:

"As a signatory to one of Second Nature’s three Climate Leadership Commitments, the University of Minnesota is part of a robust network of over 600 college and university presidents and chancellors who have committed their institutions to take bold and catalytic climate actions. These Climate Leadership Commitments are a force for transformative change on our campuses. As part of our Commitment the University of Minnesota will:  Reduce carbon emissions 50% by the end of 2020 through the implementation of combined heat and power and extensive energy efficiency initiatives.  Achieve carbon neutrality across all of our campuses by 2050.  Prepare students, through our Grand Challenges Curriculum and other educational experiences, to understand the causes and impacts of climate change, to assess interventions to achieve climate neutrality and resilience, and to take action.  Marshal the University’s research and creative capacity to develop sustainable cities and resilient communities, and to provide secure food, water, and energy in a carbon constrained world and changing climate."

For the White House Fact Sheet and a Complete List of Signing Campuses Click Here