Published September 8, 2015
UB has been named a finalist for a national award recognizing climate leaders in higher education.
UB is one of 12 four-year institutions in the running for the sixth annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, a competition among higher education institutions that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a major initiative of Second Nature.
UB was the first in Western New York and one of the first in the Association of American Universities to sign the commitment, in which college and university presidents pledge to take steps to eliminate net greenhouse-gas emissions from certain campus operations.
UB has undertaken numerous sustainability initiatives across campus in recent years, including:
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools has joined Second Nature as a partner on this year’s Climate Leadership Awards initiative. One two-year and one four-year institution will be selected for the honor.
“We are impressed every year with the outstanding applications we receive for the Climate Leadership Awards,” said Michele Madia, education and partnerships director for Second Nature, a Boston-based organization that works with higher education institutions to create a culture of sustainability among U.S. colleges and universities.
“The ACUPCC signatories are a committed group of climate leaders, and through Second Nature’s partnership with the Center for Green Schools, their achievements will be broadcast to an even greater audience,” Madia added.
Winners will be announced Nov. 19 as part of the Greenbuild Leadership Awards program in Washington, D.C.