UNE joins colleges across the nation in urging climate action among incoming administration and congress

UNE's Biddeford Campus

January 20, 2017

The University of New England , along with more than 170 other colleges and universities throughout 35 states in the U.S., have joined together to urge President Donald Trump and the incoming congressional representatives to accelerate progress towards a clean energy future. Through their open letter, organized by a diverse group of higher education institutions and the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, they call on elected officials to support participation in the Paris Agreement, climate research, and investment in the low carbon economy.

“The… transition of federal leadership presents a unique opportunity to address head-on the challenges of climate change by accelerating the new energy economy and creating strong, resilient communities,” wrote the group. “We are committed to developing and deploying innovative climate solutions that provide a prosperous future for all Americans.”

As an early signatory in 2008 of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now named the Carbon Commitment), UNE has been taking climate action for years. By undertaking several initiatives as part of its Climate Action Plan, including the development of a Green Revolving Fund to finance sustainability projects on campus, the university set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.

“No matter what your political views are,” said UNE President Danielle Ripich, “it’s important to come together to promote sustainability and clean energy. Human health and environmental health go hand-in-hand. UNE recognizes the importance of these issues and their inextricable link to one another. We’re proud to be among the institutions of higher education in this country that have made our values known to our elected officials.”

 

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