Leadership by Example:
Campus-Community Collaboration on Sustainability & Climate Protection
Thursday, February 9th
7:00pm Free Public Talk
by Dr. Peter Bardaglio
West Chester University
Learn about the Tompkins County (NY) Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) and how it might serve as a model of campus-community collaboration in our own region.
Dr. Bardaglio writes that “Embedded in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is the notion of leadership by example. By committing their institutions to the goal of carbon neutrality, the presidents who are signatories to the ACUPCC underscore the critical role of higher education in meeting the challenge of climate change and building a more sustainable future.
Universities and colleges in the United States have historically been crucibles of social change and laboratories for new ideas and creative solutions to some of society’s toughest problems. In this sense, the ACUPCC is part of a long tradition in our country. What is new, however, is the scale of the problem and the threat it poses to human civilization. Simply providing a model of sustainability will not suffice this time around. Campuses can only truly become sustainable if the communities around them are sustainable. In this sense, implicit in the ACUPCC is the commitment to not only dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the university or college, but also collaborate with the larger community in doing so.” Read more here.
This public talk is appropriate for all campus and community members who are concerned about climate change and who want to learn how to be involved in creating local and regional solutions.
Gates Recital Hall - Swope Music Building & Performing Arts Center
817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383
8:30 pm – Dessert Reception
For updates and more information, visit the Event Page
The Workshop is made possible in part by a WCU Pedagogy for Engagement Grant and is co-sponsored by WCU’s Office of Sustainability, the Joint Sustainability Task, Group, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC). These events are intended to help WCU meet its commitment to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students. Learn more about the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment here: www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.