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Solution Generation Announces 2016 Climate Leadership Award Program

By Sharon Chen
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As higher education leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that our students and communities act today in order to protect and strengthen our towns, regions, nation and world. Solution Generation is committed to helping colleges and universities engage on sustainability by providing tools, talking points, and tips to help effectively communicate on climate action. Colleges and universities must engage their campuses and broader communities when it comes to solving our climate challenge.

As a part of our ongoing efforts to affect climate change solutions, Solution Generation is proud to announce our 2016 Climate Leadership Award Program. Working with our partner higher education associations, we will be awarding $10,000 to one of our member institutions that can demonstrate the broadest, most innovative, and most effective outreach efforts in sustainability. Winning institutions, and three runners-up, will be announced at our partners’ annual conferences later in the year.

In 2015, we joined with our partner, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), to present this award to Colorado State University – Pueblo (CSU Pueblo). CSU Pueblo won the award for its emphasis on cultivating student leadership to outreach to fellow students and to the surrounding community.

We are proud to announce that this year, we are also partnering with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) through AASCU’s Innovation Exchange to present Climate Leadership Awards.

In light of Laudato Si and Pope Francis’ emphasis on creation care and the need for environmental stewardship, our partnership with ACCU is timely and important. ACCU serves as the collective voice of Catholic higher education in the US and aims to contribute to the greater good of the world. Their mission aligns well with our own goals of leading on climate action to forge a path to a thriving, healthy future.

AASCU is another important partner in solving our climate challenge. AASCU represents over 400 public colleges, universities, and systems that share the goal of achieving a more equitable and sustainable future through public higher education. With the support of AASCU and with the ability to collaborate with its hundreds of member institutions, Solution Generation is confident that together, we can lead on climate action.

Now is the time for higher education to leverage our leadership on climate change throughout our communities and the nation. Solution Generation is proud to partner with HACU, ACCU, and AASCU and other higher education associations to lead on climate action.

To learn more about the Climate Leadership Awards, please go to www.solutiongeneration.org/accuawards or send an email to climateleadershipawards@solutiongeneration.org.