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Lasell Joins Climate Action Pledge Ahead of Climate Conference

November 19, 2015

Lasell is among more than 200 university and college campuses to sign the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action by world leaders at a conference in Paris next month.

The White House today announced the pledge which reads: "As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community's economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus."

The 218 campuses, representing over 3.3 million students across the country supporting climate action, signing the pledge include historically black colleges and universities, religious institutions, women's colleges, technical schools, community colleges, all schools in the Ivy League, and a variety of public and private universities located across more than 40 states.

In Massachusetts, Lasell is joined by Bentley University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University and others.

The institutions signing the pledge have also already taken significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase campus sustainability and resilience, and incorporate environmental action into academic curriculum. More than 100 of the schools that signed the pledge have also set goals to become carbon neutral within the next few decades.

Lasell's commitment as part of its climate action plan says the College will:

• Achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and create thresholds for increasing climate resilience
• Cultivate a culture within our community that promotes a greener environment and future using "C.A.N." (Convenient, Attractive, Normal) philosophy.
• Continue to outline and implement a comprehensive vehicle replacement plan that involves a mix of converting our vehicles to hybrids and replacing others with electric alternatives whenever possible.
• Actively purge outdated systems and lighting within our buildings in favor of more sustainable alternatives that reduce our electric and gas usage; such as LED lighting and controls, as well as high efficiency heating/cooling systems.
• Reduce the amount of waste generated on campus and continue to divert waste from landfills through robust recycling and composting programs.