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Indiana State University will be recognized in two venues this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment 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 ISU on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on April 18.
In tandem with the series, ISU is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. ISU has produced a video that promotes the campus’s sustainability initiatives, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution. Voting takes place throughout April at planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards-2013/.
ISU has been working towards sustainable solutions since 1989 with its world-class recycling center and conversion from a coal burning boiler facility to an award-winning natural gas boiler facility. Most recently, the university has boosted its commitment to sustainability by signing the ACUPCC in 2007, creating a climate action plan, conducting carbon footprint analysis, joining the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2012 and starting on Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System reporting in 2013. This effort is capped by the University’s dedication to sustainability by funding the Institute for Community Sustainability in February of 2012.