Arizona State University is part of a new coalition of 13 leading research universities, UC3, that was formed at the request of the University of California system and its President, Janet Napolitano to “help communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.”
“While college and university campuses across the country are, in aggregate, responsible for only about 3 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions emitted in the U.S., we are educating 100 percent of our future political, business and social leaders,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This fact alone places significant accountability on higher education and its leaders to take action.”
UC3 (University Climate Change Coalition) includes universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The universities have committed to “mobilizing their resources and expertise to help businesses, cities and states achieve their climate goals.” The formation of UC3 was announced on February 6, at the Second Nature 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, held in Tempe.
Original members of UC3 are: Arizona State University; California Institute of Technology; Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; The Ohio State University; The State University of New York (SUNY) system; The University of British Columbia; The University of California system; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Maryland, College Park; The University of New Mexico; The University of Toronto; and The University of Washington.
According to the coalition’s press release, UC3’s goals include:
Cross-sector forums: Every UC3 institution will convene a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and advocates. Forums will be tailored to meet local and regional objectives focusing on research-driven policies and solutions to assist various communities.
Coalition climate mitigation and adaptation report: A coalition-wide report, to be released in late 2018, will synthesize the best practices, policies and recommendations from all UC3 forums into a framework for continued progress on climate change goals across the nation and the world.
All UC3 members have already pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the Under2MOU for subnational climate leaders.