Stonehill Joins Schools Across the Nation in Signing White House’s American Campus Act on Climate Pledge

November 20, 2015

On Thursday, Stonehill joined more than 200 colleges and universities in signing the American Campus Act on Climate Pledge brought forth by the White House as the President and his Administration prepare for next month’s Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

In signing the pledge, each school demonstrated their support for strong climate action by world leaders at next month’s conference. Stonehill’s pledge, which was signed by President John Denning, C.S.C., read as follows:

NEW PLEDGE:  As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. Although we are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low-carbon future, we recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campuses.   

We put forth our pledges as follows:

Acknowledging the threat of climate change, and its impacts on those among us with the least financial resources and political power, Stonehill College pledges to act for climate justice. In keeping with our mission as a Catholic college, our support of the Pope’s recent encyclical on climate change, and our status as a signatory to the St. Francis Pledge, we sign this pledge to foster the transition to a low-carbon economy and climate justice for all humanity, present and future.

In particular, STONEHILL COLLEGE pledges to:

  • Double our solar production on campus from 2.7 MW (20% of our electricity use) to at least 5.4 MW.
  • Undertake a comprehensive review of our policies, practices, plans and goals campus-wide to lower our carbon footprint and our support of the carbon-fueled economy in as many ways as possible.
  • Expand our educational efforts on climate change action to reach every person on our campus and beyond our borders as well, engaging our neighbors and our political leaders.

For more on the American Campus Act on Climate Pledge, visit here.