FSU President Jonathan Gibralter Presents at National Climate Leadership Summit

Oct. 3, 2014
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FSU President Jonathan Gibralter Presents at National Climate Leadership Summit

FSU President Jonathan Gibralter Presents at National Climate Leadership Summit

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter was a part of the 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership, both as an attendee and a presenter. Hosted by Second Nature, the summit brought together more than 250 college and university leaders from across the U.S. to focus on ways to strengthen campus climate action and sustainability initiatives, as well as higher education's leadership role in developing strategic responses to climate and sustainability challenges in community, regional and national contexts.

Like Gibralter, most summit participants are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Gibralter is also a member of the ACUPCC steering committee.

Gibralter's presentation was as part of a panel discussing "Sustainability in Conservative Communities," one of several sessions devoted to the topic, Higher Education's Climate Leadership Imperative. He joined Linda Lujan, president of Chandler Gilbert Community College, and Jake Schrum, President of Emory & Henry College. They focused on how presidents take a leadership role in helping communities and campuses understand the importance of climate leadership, while being sensitive to the concerns of communities that may express skepticism about climate change science, concerns about the moral dimensions of sustainability or conflicting values regarding the purpose of higher education.

"For years I have attended meetings and heard gloom and doom scenarios about what the future holds. Attending the Presidential Summit connects Frostburg State University to the largest single network in the world that has committed itself to carbon mitigation and having a positive impact on climate change," Gibralter said. "Every person and every presentation made at this summit clearly demonstrate that collectively we can make a difference."

FSU was also recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature for its innovative Frostburg Grows: Grow It Local Greenhouse project.

Convened by Second Nature, Inc., the supporting organization for the ACUPCC, the summit reflects the centrality of higher education's role in preparing new generations to meet the challenges of climate change. The program focused on ways to build on the success of climate action plans and sustainability initiatives on ACUPCC campuses and develop solutions to the most pressing environmental problems facing local communities.

More than 680 colleges and universities in the U.S. are current ACUPCC signatories, representing all 50 states, D.C., and every category of public and private higher education institution. These signatories are committed to achieving carbon neutrality and represent more than 6.5 million students \u2013 one third of all college students in the nation.

Second Nature works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. It is the supporting organization of the ACUPCC, an intensive partnership among more than 680 higher education institutions committed to climate neutrality. ACUPCC institutions work to accelerate education, research and community engagement to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate while setting an example by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations. Learn more at: www.secondnature.org and www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org. For more information about the Summit, visit www.secondnature.org/resources/summit-2014.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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