Washington University partners with regional leaders to accelerate climate action

Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri (center) watches as St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (left) and Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton signed a proclamation pledging to endorse regional greenhouse gas reduction targets. The signing came during a special forum hosted by the university, in which government, corporate, nonprofit and higher education leaders discussed best sustainability practices.--8.28.2018 | Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos

Washington University has joined 16 other leading research universities that comprise the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3). UC3 is a new network of institutions from across North America formed on Feb. 6 at the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit,  committed to leveraging its combined institutional strength to foster a robust exchange of best practices and research agenda in pursuit of accelerating local climate solutions.

“Washington University recognizes that it is incumbent upon us, as a leading research institution, to help find solutions for the greatest challenges facing our planet,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said. “That includes climate change. We are proud to participate in the UC3 cohort, so together we can lead by example and share best practices to bring about lasting and positive environmental change.”

As part of its commitment to UC3, Washington University held a cross-sector climate change forum that included corporate entities, nonprofit leadership, and government officials. The goal: to convene a variety of leading St. Louis organizations to discuss best practices and opportunities to collaborate for a greener, cleaner region for all.

Read more about UC3 at The Source.