As with Maine college support for the University Sustainability Program (see previous post), college and university leaders across the country are urging federal legislation and funding aimed at campus operations and related emissions.
40 college leaders from a diverse set of institutions — Unity among them — endorsed a June letter to President Obama urging his leadership for climate legislation, emphasizing the need for a price on carbon. You can read that letter here: College Presidents to Obama.
Earlier this month, Mitch and six other college leaders requested that funds be allocated for Section 471 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Section 471 creates a Department of Energy grant program to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions at “institutional entities.” The presidents assert,
The nation’s colleges and universities own and manage thousands of buildings, heat and cool millions of square feet of space, and in many instances, operate our own power generation facilities. For these reasons, our sector is well positioned to be a leader in moving the nation toward energy independence.
You can read the full letter to the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development here: Sec471Funding.