2012 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit

by Georges Dyer June 25, 2012

Second Nature coordinated the 2012 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit June 21-22, 2012.  The event was hosted by American University, and provided a chance to celebrate 5 years of climate action and leadership from the higher education sector.

Keynote speaker Dianne Dillon-Ridgley addresses
attendees of the 2012 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit
at American University. 
It's hard to believe this was the 6th Summit we've held.  We had great attendance, compelling speakers, and plenty of time for presidents and senior administrators to roll-up their sleeves and work together on the challenging issues associated with delivering 21st century education for sustainability, and pursuing climate neutrality in campus operations.

You can access a summary of the event, see the winners of the 2012 Climate Leadership Awards, and speaker presentations here.

The Summit focused on "Economic Renewal: Jumpstarting a sustainable economy through the ACUPCC."  Attendees explored themes of preparedness, innovation, and opportunity.  They looked at higher education's role in preparing students for the 21st century economy, and ensuring sustainability literacy.  They evaluated how sustainability constraints can drive innovation through research and role-modeling solutions on campus.  And they evaluated how sustainability can increase opportunity for more students to access higher education by reducing operating costs and generating new sources of funding.

Check out this compelling video from Bill McKibben that was shared with participants on the first night of the Summit: