DePauw University recently announced the school's president Brian W. Casey joined 575 college and university presidents and chancellors across America signing the American College and Presidents Climate Commitment.
By signing, DePauw University pledges to begin the process of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and becoming climate-neutral.
The American College & University President's Climate Commitment states on their Web site, "the fight against global warming will shape the 21st century. Colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality."
It continues, "Campuses that address the climate challenge by eliminating global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into their curriculum will better serve their students and meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society."
The program is looking to have 1,000 signatures of college and university presidents by Dec. 2009.
They are in the third phase of the project, which is a public rollout in which they ask for schools to show their strength and leadership in the fight against global warming.
The Academy claims that, "Results of joining the movement early will help schools realize the benefits of funding, attracting talent, achieving long-term cost reduction and generating broad support from alumni and communities. At the same time it helps lead America to a new energy and economic future."
The document signed by Casey says, "that universities can be leaders in serving as "role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming."
In addition, it says, "the presidents and chancellors signing the commitment say they believe that taking action will stabilize or reduce their institution's energy costs, will attract excellent students and faculty, as well as new funding sources, and will increase the support of alumni and local communities."
Neal Abraham, executive vice president of DePauw, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty has been charged with developing a plan to implement the pledge. He will present it to the community by Dec. 1.
Abraham has been asked specifically to determine how the University's academic program can support the University's sustainability efforts.
Additionally, Casey plans to include the City of Greencastle in the discussions and actions of the university.
The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns recently recognized the city as a 2008 Green City. This is an honor it will share with Bloomington.
For more information about the climate leadership plan go to www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org