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UCR Takes Action on Climate Change


UC Riverside Takes Action on Climate Change

Chancellor Timothy P. White is co-chairing a group of college and university presidents committing to sustainability. They represent 5.8 million students.

(November 16, 2010)

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White is visible in this group of college and university presidents who have committed their institutions to take action on addressing sustainability.Enlarge

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White is visible in this group of college and university presidents who have committed their institutions to take action on addressing sustainability.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) –- The University of California, Riverside is part of an advocacy group of college and university presidents supporting the R20 - Regions of Climate Action alliance, an effort announced today at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 at UC Davis.

The R20 will facilitate public-private partnerships, share best practices, accelerate the development of green innovations, and begin implementing clean energy demonstration benefits.

The presidents of over 675 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, representing more than 5.8 million students, have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to date, committing their institutions to pursing climate neutrality in campus operations and providing the education and research needed for the rest of society to do the same.

“The R20 initiative is very much in line with the common goal of the 675 colleges and universities that have signed the ACUPCC — to find innovative, economically beneficial ways to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible,” said Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside and Co-Chair of the ACUPCC Steering Committee. “It is an exciting opportunity to support this effort, and we expect this collaboration will benefit all organizations involved.”

Launched in early 2007, the ACUPCC has grown quickly, serving as a model for similar initiatives in other countries and other sectors. The climate action plans for hundreds of colleges and universities can be found at the initiative’s Web site.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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