Last week SAIC signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, put forth by the White House, alongside 200 other higher education universities and colleges that collectively represent over 3.5 million students.
The pledge states:
“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. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus.”
As a part of this pledge, SAIC affirms our leadership commitment and sustainability work as a signatory of Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment. We commit to conducting greenhouse gas emissions reports every year and to update our Climate Action Plan every five years. We commit to exploring new opportunities to unify and enhance SAIC’s existing social, economic and environmental initiatives and to continue participating and working towards our pledged goals with SAIC’s local and national sustainability networks and partners.
The pledge is part of the Nov. 19 White House and Higher Education Climate Day of Action to amplify the voice of the higher-ed community across the country in support of a strong climate agreement in Paris that sets us on the path toward a low-carbon, sustainable future. For more information about SAIC’s sustainability efforts please visit the Sustainable SAIC webpage.