Portland State joins alliance for climate adaptation and resilience
Author: Christina Williams
Posted: May 7, 2014

Portland State University is a founding member of the Alliance for Resilience Campuses launched this week by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education. 

The national network of colleges and universities will focus on climate adaptation and resilience, partnering with cities, corporations, and others to share knowledge, highlight and learn from success, and work toward designing a resilient society. Portland State is one of 28 founding signatories of the Alliance. 

“Portland State was the first university to sign on to the Alliance for Resilience Campuses,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel. “As an institution we recognize that in addition to reducing our climate impacts, it is imperative for our students and for our community that we strengthen our ability to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change.” 

The Alliance is a sister organization to Second Nature’s American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which has 682 signatory colleges and universities. President Wiewel was named chairman of the ACUPCC in April. 

"The ACUPCC has played an enormously influential role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and of embedding sustainability as an operating principle across higher education," said David Hales, President of Second Nature. "At the same time, we recognize that there is an increasing likelihood of damaging climate impacts to many of our colleges. ARC will provide a platform for developing flexible and state-of-the-art guidance and support for assessment, learning, implementation, and evaluation with respect to adaptation and resilience, and will do so in full partnership with communities.”

In addition, ARC is partnering with the Resilient Communities for America (RC4A), a national initiative that is mobilizing local elected officials from cities, counties, and towns in pledging to create more resilient communities.