University of Central Missouri president signs national sustainable energy pledge

The president of University of Central Missouri, Charles Ambrose, was the only college leader in the Kansas City area to join 180 college and university leaders to sign a pledge on climate change.

The pledge was in response to President Trump’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The pledge was titled “We Are Still In.” In it, the higher education leaders promised to remain committed to the goals laid out in the 2015 Paris agreement, signed by leaders of roughly 200 nations.

With the White House stepping away from the agreement, governors, corporation and high education leaders are coming forward and saying they will continue to combat climate change.

Signing the pledge, Ambrose said, “was not a political statement but rather a statement of value that our board and campus has invested in.”

In 2001, the University of Central Missouri received the Energy Efficiency Leader in Education Award from Trane. The following year it was one of 10 colleges recognized by Second Nature, a nonprofit group that works with colleges and universities to reduce their carbon footprint.

“I thought it was important to maintain and sustain this leadership position into the future,” Ambrose said.

Among those signing the pledge were the presidents of Columbia University, Amherst, Oberlin, and Williams colleges, City University of New York and the California State University system.

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