Enviromental Studies

President's Climate Initiative

Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Drennen, HWS faculty, staff and Environmental Studies students have been gathering recommendations to meet the recently signed American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Signed in September 2007, it provides a means for university and college presidents to address global warming. Former HWS President Gearan was joined by Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Tom Drennen, a specialist on energy use and climate change; Clancy Brown (WS 2009), who developed and initiated a carbon inventory for the campus; as well as other members of the campus task force consisting of students, faculty and staff.

"We have a responsibility to do our best in lessening the tolls we take on the environment," said Gearan. "As an institution of higher learning, we have a duty to educate those who will one day control the issues on what the problems are, and subsequently what needs be done."

Drennen, the author of Pathways to a Hydrogen Future, which was published last fall, is excited about the effort. It's not going to be easy," he said, "but it is the right thing to do to begin down the path of making this campus more environmentally friendly. Upon the signing of this document and the implementation of this plan, we will be taking immediate efforts in relieving the strains on the local environment, and working toward a long-term goal of cleaning up the world."



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