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Speak out about global warming
University community to discuss president's commitment to climate 

May 8, 2007
by Tom Bosco

The fight against global warming is gathering momentum and it's a fight that Ohio University President Roderick McDavis has already committed to winning.  Friday, May 11, the Office of Resource Conservation will hold a public forum to discuss the implementation of the Presidents Climate Commitment, which McDavis signed in March. 

"This is an opportunity for members of our campus and our Athens community to talk about what this climate commitment means and how to address it," said Sonia Marcus, Ohio University resource conservation coordinator.  "This is the exciting part where we think about the mechanics of how this is all going to work."

A presentation on the commitment details will be followed by a discussion about how to meet the targets of the document. 

The Presidents Climate Commitment provides a framework and support for America's colleges and universities to make campuses more sustainable and address global warming.  The effort is modeled after an agreement signed by U.S. mayors.

McDavis signed the agreement in March, making Ohio University the first four-year public university in Ohio to sign the commitment.  Presidents signing the commitment pledge to eliminate their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions over time by completing an emissions inventory;  setting target dates for becoming climate neutral;  taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;  integrating sustainability into the curriculum;  and making that action plan available to the public. 

The forum will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Baker University Center room 231. It is open to the public. For more information, contact Marcus at 740-593-0026 or marcuss@ohio.edu

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