Western Technical College joined 22 other colleges and universities earlier this month in signing a call to action, calling for accelerated equitable and just climate solutions in response to the growing urgency in addressing the impacts of climate change.
The call to action reaffirms the commitments and initiatives regarding climate change on college campuses, collaboration and engagement across communities, and incorporating justice and equality into climate-based solutions. Western President Roger Stanford signed the call to action at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, an event hosted by Second Nature, an organization seeking to accelerate climate change action in higher education, and the Intentional Endowment Network, a non-profit network that seeks to enhance financial performance by aligning investments with sustainability goals.
“Our campus has made tremendous strides in the last several years addressing the impacts of climate change,” said Stanford. “By recommitting to this call to action, we are restating our responsibility to the growing challenges we face in the world, while preparing our students to be environmentally and economically resilient.”
“The respected scientific community has shown us that the window of opportunity to act on climate change is narrow and it is now,” said Tim Carter, president of Second Nature. “That is why higher education leaders are calling for increased collective action amongst themselves and with other key players in business, government and local communities to create the kind of transformative, just solutions that match the scale of the environmental challenges at hand.”
To learn more information on Western’s sustainability efforts, visit www.westerntc.edu/sustainability.