Climate Commitment Advisory Committee Announced

Story posted October 09, 2007

President Barry Mills has named an advisory committee to help guide the development and implementation of a plan to help achieve climate neutrality as part of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

In May President Mills joined leaders of more than 270 institutions across the country in pledging to reduce sharply and eventually eliminate all of the College's global warming emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts to equip society to restabilize the earth's climate.

"Global warming is one of the defining challenges of our time," said President Mills. "Human activities are responsible for the problem, and working together humans have the ability to help solve the problem. That means taking serious action today to stop adding global warming pollution to the atmosphere. Bowdoin College is committed to helping lead the way."

The advisory committee comprises:

Students
Kristen Gunther '09
Dan Levis '10

Faculty/Staff
DeWitt John, Shannon Director of Environmental Studies and Senior Lecturer in Government
Madeline Msall, Associate Professor of Physics
David Vail, Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics
Nancy Grant, Educational Technology Consultant
Eileen Johnson, Environmental Studies Program Manager
Catherine Longley, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer, Chair

Trustees
Bradford Hunter '78
Joan Benoit Samuelson '79

President Mills, working with the advisory committee, will create a comprehensive institutional plan to move forward toward carbon neutrality. These efforts build on Bowdoin's existing commitment to sustainability, including:

  • Maintaining carbon neutrality for all of Bowdoin's electricity purchases
  • Maintaining a comprehensive inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions
  • Requiring the purchase of energy star compliant appliances
  • Purchasing energy efficient and hybrid fleet vehicles
  • Adopting green standards for new and renovated buildings

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. Under the guidance and direction of the Leadership Circle of presidents, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is being supported and implemented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Second Nature and ecoAmerica.

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