Early participation in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze those US campuses that became
    signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) during
    the charter membership period of December 2006 through September 15, 2007.
    Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on literature in organizational change,
    organizational learning, and innovation diffusion to develop a tentative idea as to what types of
    campuses might be most likely to be climate change innovators. It then characterizes signatory
    campuses with respect to such variables as their size, location, and type.
    Findings – The paper shows that there is no typical signatory among the 379 ACUPCC charter
    members. Many types of institutions, public and private, small and large, and located throughout the
    USA, have pledged to become climate neutral through this commitment.
    Practical implications – Understanding more about how USA higher education is responding to
    global climate change is an important component of the larger discussions surrounding this critical
    issue.
    Originality/value – Higher education has a vital role to play in global climate change mitigation and
    adaptation, but there has been little prior scholarly attention to this topic. This paper contributes to the
    understanding of this issue through its analysis of the most innovative and comprehensive climate
    initiative in US higher education.

  • Stacey Swearingen White

  • Journal Article

  • International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology

  • 10

  • 3

  • 215-227

  • 2008-06-20

  • 1467-6370

  • 10.1108/14676370910972530

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