Carleton Named 2012 Climate Leadership Awards Finalist; Vote Online for Carleton Today!

Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, has announced that Carleton College is a finalist for its 2012 Climate Leadership Awards, a national competition among colleges and universities to earn the title of “Most Innovative Climate Leader.” 

Mar. 19, 2012

Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education, has announced that Carleton College is a finalist for its 2012 Climate Leadership Awards, a national competition among colleges and universities to earn the title of “Most Innovative Climate Leader.” 

"Because sustainability is a lifestyle that addresses today's economic crises, not a set of disparate technologies or principles, there is no better place to begin building a culture of sustainability than at America's colleges and universities," said Anthony Cortese, co-founder of Second Nature. "The 2012 finalists represent the best of the best institution-wide approaches to teaching and action. We urge all colleges and universities to build off these ideas to promote sustainability systemically.”

Each of the 20 finalist institutions has produced a video that promotes their specific sustainability efforts in hopes of earning the designation. Carleton’s submission, produced by Chris Remley, director of Cassat and Memorial Halls, and student Amber Kim ’14 (Glenview, Ill.), is entitled “Carleton College: A Turbine-led Transformation.” The video details the use of the College’s two wind turbines, designed to reduce Carleton’s carbon footprint. The recently-installed second turbine, which is connected directly the campus power grid, supplies 25-30% of the College’s electricity needs and reduces Carleton’s carbon footprint by 10%. In addition, the College is trying to make its buildings more energy efficient by performing energy audits with the local energy company. These two projects are just the beginning for Carleton College’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2050 as outlined by Carleton’s Carbon Action Plan.

View Carleton’s video submission and submit a vote in support of Carleton’s efforts.

Voting began March 14 and ends a month later at planetforward.org. PlanetForward will profile the institutions that accumulate the most votes during its “Move the Planet” conference the week of April 16.

In May, the steering committee from the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), an agreement between nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action, will select the official 2012 Climate Leadership Award winners. One to two institutions from each Carnegie Classification will receive an award, announced during the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit at American University in Washington, DC June 21 and 22. Second Nature is the lead sponsor of the ACUPCC.

More information on the awards is at http://secondnature.org/awards. PlanetForward, a media company that publishes news, opinion, and insight about energy, climate, and sustainability, is a co-sponsor of the awards.