American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment Leadership Summit
Grand Rapids, Michigan - June 5th & 6th, 2008

The ACUPCC 2008 Climate Leadership Summit was a terrific success. Nearly 150 representatives of the ACUPCC Signatory schools, Summit sponsors, and various Higher Ed Associations convened for this 2-day event at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Participants heard from inspirational speakers such as Ray Anderson, Founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., T. M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines Iowa, and Peter Wege, Founder of The Wege Foundation. They also participated in panel sessions featuring signatories to the ACUPCC in an effort to share success stories and learn from each other's challenges.

Attendee List

Signatory Representatives

Wendy Anderson, Director of Sustainability, Drury University
C. Edward Balog, President, Aquinas College
John Bassett, President, Clark University
James Brenneman, President, Goshen College
Richard Bowen, AVP for Economic Development, Northern Arizona University
James Buizer, Special Assistant to the President, Arizona State University
Gary Burbridge, Director of Sustainability, Grand Rapids Community College
David Carson, VP for Business & Finance, Washington & Jefferson University
Norman Christopher, Executive Director, Grand Valley State University
Andy Coghlan, Sustainability Specialist, University of California
Mark Collins, Associate VP for Administration, University of Wyoming
Ronald Cortez, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Larry Eisenberg, Director of Facilities Planning and Development, Los Angeles Community College District
Larry Foster, Sustainability Council, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Alaska, Anchorage
Robert Gee, President, National Graduate School
Jean Goodnow, President, Delta College
Jacek Ghosh, Community Scholar in Urban Econ Development, Virginia Commonwealth University
Donald Green, Vice Chancellor, Ferris State University
David Hales, President, College of the Atlantic
Admiral Alfred Harms, VP for Strategic Planning and Initiatives, University of Central Florida
Chris Hatfield, Facilities Director, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
John Henderson, Interim President, Cincinnati State College
Jennifer Jenkins, Research Associate Professor, University of Vermont
Debera Johnson, Academic Director of Sustainability, Pratt Institute
Jacqueline Johnson, President, University of Minnesota, Morris
Thomas Kazee, Provost & Executive VP, Furman University
Patricia Keir, Chancellor, Eastern Iowa Community College District
Elizabeth Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College
Charles Kupchella, President, University of North Dakota
John Light, President, Hocking College
Judy Marwick, VP for Instruction & Student Services, Kankakee Community College
Ronald May, President, Ancilla College
John Mills, President, Paul Smith's College
Stephen Mittelstet, President, Richland College
Dixie Norris, Vice President, Cape Cod Community College
Dave Newport, Director Environmental Center, University of Colorado at Boulder
Juan Olivarez, President, Grand Rapids Community College
David Orr, Special Assistant to the President, Oberlin College
J. Michael Ortiz, President, Cal Poly Pomona
Susan Palmer, Vice President for Finance & Administration, College of St. Benedict
William Pfeiffer, President, Warren Wilson College
Daniel Phelan, President, Jackson Community College
Ed Poppel, VP of Finance and Administration, University of Florida
David Roe, President, Central College
Lou Schreiber, Director of Workforce Development, Santa Fe Community College
Mary Spangler, President, Houston Community College
Axel Steuer, President, Illinois College
Cheryl St. Pierre-Sleboda, VP for Finance & Administration, Wilson College
Ronald Thomas, President, Dakota County Technical College
Mitchell Thomashow, President, Unity College
William Throop, Provost & VP of Academic Affairs, Green Mountain College
Richard Torgeson, President, Luther College
Diana Van Der Ploeg, President, Butte College
Ron Vopni, Director Facilities Services, Confederation College
Douglas Williams, VP for Business Services, Des Moines Area Community College
Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College
Cal Winbush, Vice President, Winona State University
Don Woodbum, President, Coffeyville Community College

Other Attendees

Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman, Interface Inc.
Jennifer Andrews, Campus Program Manager, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Jill Armstrong, Director, Grand Rapids, a5 inc.
Rebecca Beard, Chair, Sustainability Advisory Committee, Lansing Community College
Ronald Blagus, Director of Marketing, Honeywell Energy Services Americas
Betsy Boze, CEO and Dean, Kent State University Stark
David Burdette, VP for Finance & Administrative Services, Central Michigan University
Gaylen Byker, President, Calvin College
Kelly Cain, Director, St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development
Thomas Cochran, Executive Director & CEO, US Conference of Mayors
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines
David Dakin, Associate Director, Western Michigan University
David Damon, Associate Principal, Perkins + Will
Daniel DeWitt, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Matthew Diamond, Assistant Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
Marylu Dykstra, Principal, Sirius Resources
Elliot Easton, Project Director, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott
James Elder, Director, Campaign for Environmental Literacy
Todd Erickson, Senior Consultant, CoVision
Julia Feder, Manager, K-12 and Higher Education, US Green Building Council
Molly Flanagan, Program Officer, The Joyce Foundation
Danny Friend, Regional Manager, Johnson Controls
Melissa Gallagher-Rogers, Manager, Higher Education Sector, US Green Building Council
Joe Garcia, Account Manager, Renewables, FPL Energy
Russell Gaskin, President, Eugenua Associates, LLC
Harold Glasser, Chair Universitywide Sustainabilty Committee,Western Michigan University
Cary Goodman, Architect, Kansas City Art Institute
Steven Guenther, Associate Vice President, ARAMARK Higher Education
Wendell Hadden, VP Institutional Sales & Marketing, InterfaceFLOR
David Hall, VP Marketing & Sales, WindStreet Energy
Gregory Havens, Principal, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
George Heartwell, Mayor, Grand Rapids, Michigan
John Harris, Principal, a5 inc.
Paul Hunt, Associate VP for Research, Michigan State University
Ed Johnson, President, AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies
William Johnson, Vice President, Haley & Aldrich
Bonnie Joustra, Event Staff, Grand Connection
Erin Keefe, Account Coordinator, a5 inc.
Michael Kempa, Director of Marketing, Energy Services – Public Sector, Honeywell Inc.
Charlie Ker, Director of Marketing, Nexterra Energy Corp.
Michael Kinsley, Senior Consultant, Rocky Mountain Institute
Thomas Kiser, Founder & CEO, Professional Supply, Inc.
Jolene Knapp, Executive Director, Society for College and University Planning
Mark LaCroix, Executive VP, Business Development, The GreenLife Organization
Lani Lapidus, Director of Sales, WindStreet Energy
Joseph Laur, VP for Content,
Lome Lebster, Regional Vice President, ARAMARK Higher Education
Jonathan Magaziner, Program Manager & Analyst, William J. Clinton Foundation
Terri McCarthy, Vice President of Programs, The Wege Foundation
Kevin McCarty, Director Climate Protection Center, US Conference of Mayors
Thomas McClimon, Managing Director, US Conference of Mayors
Irving Mintzer, Scientist, MEG LLC
William Moses, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Katherine Norton, NBD, Chevron Energy Solutions
Chandler Parker, a5 inc.
Jiaguo Qi, Director, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations
David Rinard, Director Global Environmental Performance, Steelcase Inc.
Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Dan Saavedra, Account Manager, Renewables, FPL Energy
Joe Saldano, Marketing, Professional Supply Inc.
Renu Saini, Program Officer, The Kohlberg Foundation
Ellen Satterlee, Executive Director, The Wege Foundation
William Schoettle, Chief Operating Officer, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Michael Selmon, Provost, Alma College
Tom Spisak, Midwest Region Business Development Manager, Chevron Energy Solutions
Deborah Steketee, Executive Director, Center for Sustainability, Aquinas College
Chris Stemen, Sr. Director of Sustainability, ARAMARK Higher Education
Chris Strugar-Fritsch, Executive Director Administrative Services, Lansing Community College
Sheri Tonn, Chair, Board of Directors, AASHE
Mark Van Putten, President, Conservation Strategy
Peter Wege, President, The Wege Foundation
Ann Marie Westerhuis, Event Manager, Grand Connection
Barry Wilhelm, Higher Education Program Director, TAC
Jason Yaegar, Intern, Clinton Climate Initiative
Brian Yeoman, City Director Houston, Clinton Climate Initiative
Mike Zubor, Vice President, General Manager, Steelcase, Inc.

Supporting Organizations

Peter Bardaglio, Senior Fellow, Second Nature
Niles Barnes, Projects Coordinator, AASHE
Megan Begley, Office Manager & Executive Assistant, Second Nature
Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature
Julian Dautremont-Smith, Associate Director, AASHE
Georges Dyer, Senior Fellow, Second Nature
Sam Hummel, IT Manager, AASHE
Michelle McKay, Vice President, Second Nature
Stephen Muzzy, Program Manager, Second Nature
Andrea Putman, Sustainability Financing Manager, Second Nature




Thursday afternoon, June 5, 2008

Noon - 1:30pm Signatory Lunch & Keynote

Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc.
Education for a Secure and Sustainable Future
Sponsor: Au Sable Institute and Haley & Aldrich

1:45pm - 3:15pm Working Sessions:

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Existing Campus Buildings
Energy use in existing buildings results in a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. This session will highlight strategies for addressing and improving energy performance in buildings, as well as the ACUPCC - Clinton Climate Initiative partnership, in order to exponentially increase the number of large-scale energy efficiency retrofits for campus buildings in cost-effective manners.


Carbon Offsets Protocol Working Group

The ACUPCC Offset Protocol Project is a coordinated effort of the American academic community to develop a collective evaluation of the carbon offset market. This project is being led by David Hales, President of College of the Atlantic and a working group of interested signatories, representatives from the UNFCCC, as well as experts in finance, policy, energy, land-use, climate science, and other relevant arenas. This session is a designated meeting time for members of this on-going working group. Interested signatories are welcome to attend.

3:15pm - 3:30pm Break

3:30pm - 5:00 pm Working Sessions:

Pedagogical Approaches to Climate Change and Sustainability
Higher Education’s greatest contribution to combating climate disruption is to reorient its curriculum to formally prepare students and thus society with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the critical, systemic challenges faced by the world in this new century. By providing this knowledge, higher education will better serve their students, institutions, and local communities, thereby meeting their social mandate to contribute to a thriving, ethical, and civil society.


Town/Gown Synergies: Scaling Up Climate Action through Community Engagement
Higher education institutions are both influential role models for society and key milieus for learning and dialogue. By modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and engaging local communities, colleges and universities can better serve all of their stakeholders, and meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society. This session will examine examples of this community engagement at work.

5:00pm - 6:00 pm Break & Non-signatory Registration

Thursday evening, June 5, 2008

Open to all attendees

6:00pm - 7:15pm Welcome Reception

Grand Rapids Art Museum
Sponsor: Steelcase

7:30pm - 9:30pm Dinner & Keynote

T. M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of the City of Des Moines, Iowa
The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement: Opportunities for cross-sectoral partnerships to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction.
Sponsor: Aramark

Friday, June 6, 2008

8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast

James L. Elder, Founder, Campaign for Environmental Literacy
Update on Federal Legislation

9:00am - 10:15am Presidential Panel:

Leadership Now for Climate Neutrality
This session will be a unique opportunity to hear from current signatory presidents regarding the steps they have taken on their campuses to achieve climate neutrality. This will be a time of sharing success stories and will include a question and answer session.

10:15am - 10:30am Break

10:30am - 12:30pm World Café:

Accelerating Learning and Action for Addressing Climate Change
This session will provide summit delegates an opportunity to learn from each other through discussing the following question: "In light of the need for a swift acceleration of learning and action to address the looming 'tsunami' of climate change, what can I and my institution do to facilitate rapid, effective learning and action toward greenhouse gas reduction?"

Sponsor: Greenopolis

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch & Closing Address

Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University & Chair of the ACUPCC Steering Committee

Sponsor: WindStreet Energy



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