Dear students, faculty, staff and all participants of the Global Climate Summit,
We are grateful and humbled by the opportunity to host the Global Climate Summit Right Here, Right Now on our campus. We are excited that this week is finally upon us and we welcome you all— those who participate locally and those who tune in globally.
Convening such an event comes with a great responsibility. CU Boulder carries a rich legacy as a decades-long leader in environmental and sustainability research. CU Boulder is one of the world’s leading research universities for geosciences and climate science. Our students set a new standard more than 50 years ago when they established the first student-based environmental center in the country.— a body that continues to thrive. And CU Boulder was the first university to achieve STARS Gold status for sustainable campus operations.
Recognizing this legacy, our university continues to take bold steps such as:
In the same spirit, the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit was intentionally formatted to reduce the environmental footprint of the summit by:
We recognize that members of our community can demand that our university and local, national and global leaders do more and do it faster. In recent weeks, we’ve heard renewed calls for the university to divest from fossil fuels, and we’ve seen the CU Student Government and the Boulder Faculty Assembly support that effort.
CU Boulder shares our campus community’s passion for sustainability and addressing the global humanitarian crisis of climate change. The issue of divesting the University of Colorado’s financial assets is a complex one and falls within the purview of CU System leadership and the Board of Regents. We encourage our students, faculty and others who are passionate about this issue to explore the details, engage constructively, and continue the dialogue with the Board of Regents and CU System leadership.
We also recognize the importance of ongoing investment strategies such as the examples provided above and will continue to pursue these opportunities as strongly as possible. mmeaningful action in our research, teaching and operational endeavors is at the heart of our values and work.
“Think globally. Get involved locally.” These four words are not just a catchy slogan. It’s an ethos that we hope everyone attending the Global Climate Summit this week will take to heart as we strive to make a positive impact on humanity in our own communities through climate action.
The responsibility is one we all share as we seek equitable climate solutions that cross social and economic boundaries and help all human beings thrive.
Chief Sustainability Officer