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President Anderson Named to Steering Committee of Presidents’ Climate Commitment
Alfred State President John M. Anderson has been named to the Steering Committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). He joins over 20 other college presidents and chancellors in serving on the primary governance body of the organization.
“I am honored to have been selected to the Steering Committee at ACUPCC,” remarked Anderson. “There are 675 signatories to the commitment reducing our carbon footprint. As higher education institutions, we should serve as role models.”
In addition to being named to the Steering Committee, Anderson will also serve on the ACUPCC’s Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee. This group of six to 12 experts and leaders will focus on evaluating the role of higher education institutions in climate adaptation, not only in their operations but in their ability to be trustworthy, unbiased sources for educating their communities about sustainability and climate adaptation.
The connection will strengthen Alfred State’s ties to other institutions with similar sustainability initiatives, allowing the college to serve as an example of sustainability in action. Current projects at the college support the commitment, including:
- Renewable energy and sustainability modules in existing programming.
- Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).
- Zero energy green home on the Wellsville campus.
- Student-installed first solar-powered irrigation system at the U.S. National Arboretum.
- Student- and faculty-designed solar-powered telemetry system for Atlantic Richfield’s wetland treatment system in Wellsville.
- Alternative fuels laboratory and fleet of vehicles.
- Student-constructed photovoltaic panels powering the Wellsville campus library.
About the ACUPCC
The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, launched in 2006, is an initiative to address global climate disruption and is comprised of a network of over 600 colleges and universities nationwide. In pursuit of climate neutrality, college and university presidents and chancellors have made institutional commitments to provide leadership and promote research and educational efforts for sustainability through agreeing to an emissions inventory, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from operations, integrating sustainability into curriculum models, submitting an action plan, and setting a target date and milestones for climate neutrality. ACUPCC aims to provide colleges and universities with support to educate those who will develop solutions to issues that hinder a sustainable future. [www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org]