Agenda Item FA 10-33

Submitted by the Executive Committee

Two Presidential Sustainability Agreements: the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and the Talloires Declaration

10/07/10: Passed

10/18/10: Approved

Two Presidential Sustainability Agreements:
the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment,
and the Talloires Declaration


Request for faculty support of President Delaney’s signing two presidential sustainability agreements: the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and the Talloires Declaration.


Short Summary

This is a request that the Faculty Association support the effort by the Environmental Center and the Campus Sustainability Committee to have President Delaney sign two presidential sustainability agreements. President Delaney is supportive and prepared to sign at the Campus Sustainability Expo on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. He would like to see support from campus groups. The A&P Association and USP Association have already expressed their support. Students are seeking support from Student Government.

The ACUPCC is the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. It is a pledge made by university presidents to act as leaders in the response to climate change. The Talloires Declaration is an international agreement of university presidents to lead a global effort toward sustainable development. The benefits of signing these agreements arise from cost savings, strategic investment in new technologies, and higher recruitment of students at institutions committed to green initiatives. From a broader perspective, a university president who signs these agreements takes a strong leadership role in expressing the importance of sustainability to and for the campus community. All the SUS institutions have signed the ACUPCC except UNF, UWF, FSU and FAMU.

The commitments entailed by signing these agreements are essentially actions conducted by campus personnel. No cost or membership is required to sign these agreements. Neither of these agreements has any effect on or implications for accreditation of the university, sound business practices, or any other legal or financial matter. Some of the commitment actions have already been completed.

The ACUPCC agreement includes a statement that signatory institutions should include sustainability in their educational offering. But it contains no mandated endpoint or timeline for these actions, and no enforcement mechanism. Their approach is that each institution may decide how to implement this action, depending on its own needs and interests. Their stance is to support campuses on a journey toward increased awareness and practice of sustainability, not to create mandates for required sustainability courses or other curricular changes.

Resolution

Whereas the Faculty Association of the University of North Florida supports campus sustainability and the protection of our natural environment, and

Whereas the presidential sustainability agreements represent both an institutional commitment to sustainability and a critical aspect of participating in a national and global effort to reduce our environmental impact,

The Faculty Association of the University of North Florida gives its support to President Delaney to sign the ACUPCC/Talloires agreements.

Resources submitted by UNF Environmental Center and UNF Campus Sustainability Committee (Dr. Radha Pyati, Tel: (904) 620-1918, and email address: radha.pyati@unf.edu)


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