Pittsburgh, Pa. — On May 17, Chatham University signed on to partner with The Climate Reality Project’s 100% Committed campaign, pledging to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by 2030.
Chatham University’s announcement comes at a time when both the reality of the climate crisis and the practical steps to solve it have never been clearer. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred since the beginning of this century; 2017 was the third-hottest year ever recorded, preceded only by 2012 and 2016.
In October 2017, Chatham University President David Finegold joined 1,400 other climate activists at a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Pittsburgh, where they trained with former Vice President Al Gore in climate communications and activism. There, he learned about the 100% Committed campaign and the practical support Climate Reality provides to entities seeking to make these commitments a reality.
Chatham University joins other colleges and universities across the country that have previously joined the 100% Committed campaign, including Plymouth State University, Hampshire College, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Cities and towns across the US have also pledged to make the transition to renewable electricity, including Boulder, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Park City, UT.
Chatham University’s commitment will be made possible through collaboration with The Climate Reality Project and its Pittsburgh and Southwest, PA chapter, and the Chatham University chapter of the Climate Reality Campus Corps. Chatham’s Campus Corps chapter will work with the university to continue growing and expanding climate action initiatives.
“Chatham University has the power to be a force for climate solutions in our community and this commitment is an important first step” said Kacie Stewart, chair of Climate Reality Campus Corps’ Chatham University chapter. “The climate crisis touches all of us, and I am so proud to see our university leading by example to implement practical measures with the power to make our campus and the world a better place.”
ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.
ABOUT 100% COMMITTED
With the climate crisis threatening our planet and ways of life, The Climate Reality Project’s 100% Committed campaign works with communities, universities, and businesses worldwide. By taking action and committing to run on 100-percent renewable electricity, we can make a difference in our communities and the world. Learn more at https://www.climaterealityproject.org/initiative/100-committed.
ABOUT CLIMATE REALITY CHAPTERS
A Climate Reality Chapter is a localized group of climate activists within the United States that share The Climate Reality Project’s mission of supporting action to combat the climate crisis so we can make the transition to a clean energy economy and protect the welfare of the planet and its citizens. It’s more important than ever to support our local networks and amplify our collective ability to impact change. Our chapters provide an immediate way for members to network with other climate activists, recruit additional volunteers, take local action, and become a powerful force for climate solutions in their communities. Learn more at https://www.climaterealityproject.org/chapters.