Under the agreement, colleges and universities will strive not only for carbon neutrality on their campuses, the focus of the first such Climate Commitment signed earlier by college leaders from across the nation, but also pledge to work in areas of carbon mitigation and resilience.
Emory & Henry joins 44 other institutions to become the charter signatories of the new Climate Commitment, which is the work of Second Nature, the umbrella organization for the university-based alliance.
College and universities have agreed to strengthen the terms of the Climate Commitment out of a realization that climate change has now arrived and its threats are increasing.
Schrum praised the agreement as both an opportunity to support the environment while helping the College save money.
“By participating in measures to address climate change, we are valuing both the world that God has given us and the energy savings that allow us to operate with greater fiscal responsibility.”
Tim Carter, president of Second Nature, said the new agreement allows the network of colleges and universities to continue to push what is possible in climate leadership.
“College and university leaders hold a special place in our society, and they are in a unique position to lead on climate change,” he said.