Did you know?

Former Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment on September 15, 2007.

Presidents signing the commitment pledge to become climate neutral and eliminate their campuses’ greenhouse gas emissions over time, mostly by large scale energy use reductions.

Newly-inaugurated President Fred Lawrence is also very committed to the Climate Commitment.

Why Now?

This Forum could not have come at a more timely moment.

On April 17, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency published “Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act,” which concluded that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere “threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”

The report also found that “the combined emissions of CO2, CH4, N2O and HFCs from new motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines contribute to the atmospheric concentrations of these key greenhouse gases and hence to the threat of climate change.”

The findings now enter a series of public debates before new regulations can become reality. Colleges and universities now have the tremendous responsibility to provide access to the newest knowledge in this field.

Brandeis is one of the schools leading the charge.

For several years the university has been a charter signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a national effort of more than 500 universities to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on campuses. As a result, millions of dollars have been invested on campus to reduce our “carbon footprint.” You can read and view our latest figures here.