What is Solution Generation?
Solution Generation is a coalition of higher education partners committed to leading by example on a path to a positive future for climate solutions. 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.
By joining the Solution Generation community, we commit to easing our climate impact and working together to educate, engage and inspire our students, faculty, staff, communities and other higher education leaders on climate change solutions.
Why does climate change matter to higher education?
Throughout history, colleges and universities have educated the new generations of American leaders and citizens who have built our prosperous nation. As centers of learning and research, colleges and universities innovate, inspire, and empower students, staff and faculty, to acquire the knowledge, skills, and civic engagement experience required to change society.
What is climate change?
Climate change is caused by an overabundance of heat-trapping gases and particles within the atmosphere. These gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and black carbon (soot), are the result of burning and drilling for fossil fuels. This results in shifts in climate and weather patterns, causing more floods, droughts, stronger and more unpredictable storms, rising sea levels, heat waves and changes to growing seasons and zones. There are also several health and lifestyle impacts (such as rising asthma rates and wildfires) that many Americans are witnessing within their own communities.
What if we are new to climate solutions?
Many of us were not always climate change leaders, but we have come to realize that addressing climate is an opportunity to fulfill our responsibility to protect our students, campuses, communities and country.
Solution Generation makes it easy for newcomers by providing tools and resources for all schools regardless of their size, budget or experience with climate change. Solution Generation will help you lead by example and communicate successfully to get others involved. We welcome you to join us as a leader to encourage others to work toward a healthy future.
How will Solution Generation support me?
Solution Generation connects leaders with a wide variety of tools, resources, ideas, guides and inspirational success stories. Solution Generation is a program you can use in your schools and within your peer leadership groups to build stronger and healthier communities.
Higher education leaders can commit to the Path to Positive online and organize their action steps. In addition to these direct benefits, Solution Generation leaders are linked to leaders in health, business, faith, communities and other sectors that touch American lives.
How does Solution Generation work with other organizations and schools to address climate change?
Many outstanding higher education associations, colleges, universities and environmental organizations are already leading on climate change. Some of these groups are part of the Solution Generation coalition, and have a rich suite of resources, available directly and through Solution Generation in the Path to Positive section of this website.