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PSU endorses new sustainability program

This week, Portland State University was the first of 30 colleges to endorse the Alliance for Resilience Campuses, launched by Second Nature, a Boston, Mass.-based sustainability nonprofit.

ARC’s mission is to focus on climate adaptation and resilience in conjunction with American Colleges and University Presidents' Climate Commitment , ARC’s flagship program.

“As an institution we recognize that in addition to reducing our climate impacts, it is imperative for our students and for our community that we strengthen our ability to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change,” says PSU President Wim Wiewel.

ARC already has been endorsed by 682 colleges.

"We recognize that there is an increasing likelihood of damaging climate impacts to many of our colleges," says David Hales, president of Second Nature. "As a nation, we have a lot of work to do to adapt to ongoing climate changes, and as higher education invests in its own resilience, it can also play a critical role in helping all of society prepare for and even thrive in the coming decades.”

ARC is inspired by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.K. Royal Society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. National Climate Assessment that was released this week.

Julia Rogers can be reached at 503-546-5137 or jrogers@portlandtribune.com.

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