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Portland State University has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognizing colleges and universities for their work in sustainability and climate mitigation, according to a press release.
PSU is the only West Coast institution to make it as a finalist in the doctoral-granting institution category, according to a list of finalists announced last week. Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana State University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry are also finalists.
Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards finalists were chosen based on their commitment to climate and sustainability leadership and successful implementation of related programs, education, and partnerships, according to the release.
For the fourth year Second Nature, a national nonprofit started in 1993 by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has distributed climate leadership awards as part of its mission statement to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education. The organization supports the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, of which PSU is one of 665 signatories.
Four finalists each were chosen in the associate/tribal college category, baccalaureate college, master's colleges and universities, and special focus institutions. The only other West Coast finalist was Bellevue College in Washington, under the associate college category.
According to Second Nature, this year's awards contest drew the largest, most competitive nominations. Award finalists will create a video demonstrating their innovative sustainability programs, which will be featured in a public voting competition in April. In late spring, award winners will be chosen by members of the Second Nature Board.