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Carleton College Recognized in Second Nature’s “Celebrating Sustainability” Series

April 2, 2013

Northfield, Minn.––Carleton College will be recognized twice this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research, and community engagement.

The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the sustainability initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize Carleton on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on April 5.

In tandem with the series, Carleton is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. Carleton has produced a video that promotes the College’s sustainability initiatives, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution in each Carnegie Classification. Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward: http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards-2013/.

Carleton, as part of its ACUPCC agreement and its own Climate Action Plan, has an institutional goal of net zero carbon by 2050. The College has incorporated sustainability as a baseline assumption in its Strategic Plan, released this past fall after an 18-month planning process. The College has benefited from its second wind turbine, commissioned in October 2011, providing 25-30 percent of the College’s electrical needs. The College installed Rice County’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, and has numerous, ongoing energy conservation projects that include lighting retrofits, energy audits and building recommissioning. Carleton also launched an improved community waste program with centrally located and easily recognizable bins for recycling, composting or landfill.

“Carleton College has made an impressive pledge in their latest Strategic Plan to accept its role as steward of their environment,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “Through strategic planning and the effective, practical implementation of those plans, it has begun the process of transforming its campus and curriculum to meet society’s changing demands.”

“Carleton is proud to be a Second Nature Climate Leadership Award finalist for the second year in a row. As a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, we're dedicated to making meaningful progress on our campus Climate Action Plan and our goal to be a carbon neutral campus by the year 2050,” said Martha Larson, Carleton’s manager of campus energy and sustainability. “Carleton's sustainability-related course offerings, two commercial-sized wind turbines, LEED building projects and various student sustainability initiatives demonstrate support for this goal at all levels of the organization.”

About Carleton College
Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions, Carleton is a private, co-educational college of 1,900 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. High academic standards, an excellent teaching faculty and a diverse student body contribute to Carleton’s outstanding reputation. Carleton is committed to providing a true liberal arts education, a curriculum that challenges its students to learn broadly and think deeply.

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 & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Learn more about Second Nature at: www.secondnature.org

About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among more than 650 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