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UPDATE: President Carter to sign Climate Commitment on Earth Day

Note: This event has been moved to the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room in the Warch Campus Center due to the expectation of rain this afternoon. Masking and other Honor the Pledge protocols will be in place.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to witness President Laurie Carter sign a Climate Commitment at 4 p.m. Friday. The Climate Commitment is sponsored by Second Nature, a national organization that works with colleges and universities across the country to help accelerate climate action.

“I am impressed by Lawrence’s longstanding commitment to foster a culture of sustainability, from the work of the Sustainability Steering Committee, to the robust student engagement with initiatives like recycling and the SLUG garden, to the campus solar panels that generate 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, to the Net Zero Björklunden project,” President Carter said in a message to campus earlier this week. “I also believe it is time for Lawrence to take the next step.”

The signing ceremony comes on Earth Day. It will take place at 4 p.m. in front of Main Hall. If rain remains in the forecast, the ceremony will be moved to the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room in the Warch Campus Center. (If indoors, masking and other pandemic protocols will be in place.)

“I am excited for Lawrence to join the institutions across the state and country that have made this vital commitment,” President Carter said in her message. “It is an important reflection of our values and the university’s dedication to a sustainable future. A key component of the Climate Commitment is the development of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan for Lawrence, which includes carbon neutrality and resilience.”

Treats will be available after the ceremony.