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A Climate of Leadership

August 11, 2007

Lewis & Clark has joined roughly 100 American colleges and universities in taking the lead against global warming by committing to “carbon neutrality” in campus operations.

This spring, President Tom Hochstettler signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging Lewis & Clark to reduce and offset carbon emissions.

“Given our institution’s and sector’s responsibility to future generations, we are compelled to do our part to address the pernicious effects of global warming,” says Hochstettler. “By joining this climate-control commitment, the Lewis & Clark administration signals our support for the impressive work already being undertaken by our students and faculty to create a sustainable future.”

In signing the measure, Lewis & Clark has committed to perform an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and, within two years, to create an action plan for becoming climate-neutral. In addition, Lewis & Clark is agreeing to infuse climate neutrality and sustainability into its students’ curricular and extracurricular experiences, to expand support for research on sustainability, and to create mechanisms to track progress.

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