California State University Action on Environmental Sustainability

AS-3110-13/FGA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend those California State Universities that have committed to environmental sustainability by taking steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, providing knowledge and educating graduates on climate change, and taking leadership roles in communities on the issue of climate change; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend California State Universities at Bakersfield, Chico, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge, as well as San Francisco State University and California State Polytechnic at Pomona for committing to environmental sustainability by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend California State Universities at Channel Islands, Chico, Fullerton, as well as San Jose State University and California Polytechnic State at San Luis Obispo for signing the Talloires Declaration; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the California State University system to commit to becoming a leader among educational institutions in combating global climate change and creating a sustainable environment; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recommend that all California State Universities including the Chancellor’s office show a greater commitment to environmental sustainability by becoming signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Office of the Chancellor, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents and Provosts, California State Student Association, and CSU campus Senate chairs.

    RATIONALE: The harmful effects of global warming on climate change and environmental sustainability have been well documented over a number of years by renowned scientists all over the world. The earth and humanity have already felt the devastating impact from just a one degree Fahrenheit increase in average temperature. Hurricane Sandy is but one example. Without intervention, the average temperature is expected to rise by 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit in this century resulting in disastrous effects for the planet.
    Information about the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment can be found at the following website: http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/about/commitment.

    Information about the Talloires Declaration can be found at the following website: http://www.ulsf.org/programs_talloires_td.html.

    The Talloires Declaration is a declaration to environmental sustainability without any commitment or goals, whereas The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment is a voluntary commitment by educational institutions of higher learning to take the lead in educating the populace on the effects of global climate change and committing to action on their campuses to follow practices of environmental sustainability and achieve agreed upon environmental goals. It provides a framework for campuses to plan for and take steps toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and becoming community leaders on the issue of climate change. It is imperative that the CSU as the largest system of higher education in the United States set an example by being at the forefront of meeting the unprecedented challenge of global climate change, the most important sustainability issue of our time.

    Past resolutions by the ASCSU on sustainability are available at the following websites:
    http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2011-2012/documents/3056.pdf
    http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2008-2009/documents/2880.pdf
    http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2006-2007/documents/2800.pdf
    http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2003-2004/documents/2639.pdf

    Approved Unanimously – March 14-15, 2013

 



 
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