Portland State University President Wim Wiewel will lead a national push by college and university presidents to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions on their campuses and help re-stabilize the Earth’s climate.
Wiewel will serve as the next chair of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Steering Committee, a group of 20 presidents guiding efforts on 680 campuses across the country.
Since it launched in early 2007, the ACUPCC, staffed and supported by the Boston-based national nonprofit organization Second Nature, has grown in participation and reduced greenhouse gases by over 25 percent across the network.
Wiewel will replace Timothy White, chancellor of the California State University system, who has been chair of the steering committee since 2010.
“It’s more critical than ever for our schools to maintain strong commitment and make tangible progress in stemming greenhouse gas emissions,” said President Wiewel. “I look forward to working with the Steering Committee, Second Nature, and our growing network of universities and colleges to tackle society’s most difficult climate challenges.”
Wiewel assumed the presidency of Portland State University in August 2008. Under his leadership, the university developed a renewed focus on expanding civic partnerships in the region and achieving a new degree of excellence through investments such as the $25 million James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation challenge grant for sustainability. Portland State has received numerous accolades and awards for its sustainability programs and approaches under President Wiewel’s leadership. PSU became an ACUPCC signatory school in 2007 – the network’s first year of existence.
Paul Ferguson, president of the University of Maine, will be the vice chair of the steering committee.
"The 680 ACUPCC institutions employing a wide variety of solutions to make sustainability a bedrock principle of society are not only rebuilding our economy but are also helping to chart a future in which prosperity, security, and well-being coexist easily," said David Hales, president of Second Nature. "At Second Nature, we are thrilled that Dr. Wiewel and Dr. Ferguson have agreed to head the Steering Committee, and we look forward to continuing to support the ACUPCC network and their leadership."
About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among more than 680 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research and community engagement to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate, while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations. Learn more at: www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org
About Second Nature
Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. Second Nature is the support organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Learn more at: www.secondnature.org.