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President Tatum and Spelman Sustainability Team Discuss Regional Collaboration at ACUPCC Symposium



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Terrilyn Simmons
(404) 270-5822

Taking place Nov. 7-8, the symposium will focus on how higher education can lead the way to a clean, green, sustainable economy

ATLANTA (Nov. 1, 2012) – Spelman College President, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., along with the leadership of the Sustainable Spelman Committee will join other higher education sustainability champions at Agnes Scott College for the ACUPCC Southeast Regional Collaborative Symposium. The event brings together presidents, sustainability coordinators, faculty, and students and fosters dialogue and collaboration among signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The ACUPCC is a network of 660 institutions that have committed to climate neutrality and to producing sustainability-literate graduates.

“As a signatory on the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, I am pleased to be participating in this symposium to encourage more dialogue about effective strategies for fulfilling the Commitment” said Dr. Tatum. “We at Spelman College look forward to collaborating with others in our region to implement and support initiatives that will move us closer to our goal of achieving climate neutrality.”

Dr. Tatum will participate in a presidents’ panel at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, alongside President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (GA) and Chancellor Kenneth Peacock, Appalachian State University (NC). The panelists will discuss how higher education leaders address climate and sustainability issues and effective ways for faculty and staff to engage their support in institutionalizing sustainability in all aspects of their campuses – education, research, campus practice, and work with local communities.

The symposium’s Southeast focus allows institutions to share strategies regarding the opportunities and challenges specific to the region in their pursuit of sustainability. The event also lays the groundwork for building a regional network of support for problem solving and solution discovery. The keynote address, entitled “Sustainability in the South: An Oxymoron?” will be delivered by David E. Shi, President Emeritus of Furman University (NC), at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2012.

Members of the press are invited to attend the following sessions and are asked to RSVP:

Keynote Address:   
“Sustainability in the South: An Oxymoron?”
David E. Shi, President Emeritus, Furman University
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Presidents’ Panel:    
President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College (GA)
President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (GA)
Chancellor Kenneth Peacock, Appalachian State University (NC)
Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Megan Terraso
Director of Media Relations, Agnes Scott College
mterraso@agnesscott.edu, 404.471.6171

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author and playwright Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu

About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among more than 650 colleges and universities to accelerate the education, research and community engagement to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate, while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations.
Learn more at: www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org

About Second Nature
Second Nature works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society beginning with the transformation of higher education. Second Nature is the support organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
Learn more at: www.secondnature.org.

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