For everyone who’s followed along with us on our conversation with Mark Schlissel on climate action, we have good news. On Friday, October 27, at the opening ceremonies of the new University of Michigan School for Sustainability and the Environment (SEAS), President Mark Schlissel formally announced his signature to the We Are Still In pledge. By signing the pledge the University of Michigan has committed to “support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.” joining several states and hundreds of cities, companies, and universities on climate action.
What’s exciting about that is that we got this done through our actions and advocacy. As members of the university committee, we have the power to change the status quo when we work together. We made the case for the University to join the world in climate action, and now we’re in. It’s a huge first step for the University in a post-Paris world.
While there’s plenty to celebrate, we think signing the pledge is only a first step. We’ve got ideas on how U-M can continue its climate leadership, through making sure its investments are environmentally & socially sustainable and increasing our share of renewable electricity. We’re teaming up with the Michigan and the Climate Crisis committee to send another letter to the administration outlining that potential. Check it out and lend your name. Let’s translate our commitment into action.