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Alumnae Participate in White House Climate Event

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Mariana Souza ’10 (center, back row) joins other university representatives at the White House roundtable on climate change

By BCEEAN Newsletter Staff

Two Boston College Eagles played a part in a White House roundtable discussion on climate change solutions on November 19, 2015. Roundtable participants were brought together around the signing of the American Campus Act on Climate Change Pledge and included university presidents, student leaders, NGOs and representatives from the EPA and White House Council of Environmental Quality.

Signed by over 200 universities, the pledge demonstrated support for an ambitious, comprehensive international climate agreement in Paris. Signatories also commit to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across campuses.

Liz Delaney (BS Biology 2000) is the Program Director for EDF Climate Corps, a graduate fellowship program designed to accelerate clean energy projects and help corporations, government and universities meet their renewable energy goals. Liz was asked by Defend Our Future and EDF to select a Climate Corps alum to attend the roundtable and participate in the discussion. She selected Mariana Souza, a 2010 BC alumna (BS Environmental Geosciences) based on the high caliber of her work as a fellow and her strong leadership capabilities.

Mariana was a Climate Corps Fellow for Baxter Healthcare during summer 2015 and is a second-year student in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. While Bard College is a signatory of the Pledge, Mariana attended the roundtable as a representative of the Environmental Defense Fund and Climate Corps.

American campuses are uniquely positioned to lead on climate change as institutions committed to innovation, education and building sustainable legacies. Not only are signatory universities reducing emissions on campus, but are providing a live case for students to learn about life, business and prosperity in a carbon-constrained world. The aggregate of diverse climate and sustainability strategies implemented across campuses can both achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions and provide low-carbon models for business, government and other anchor institutions.

Mariana was able to share practical tools and resources to undergraduate sustainability and climate student leaders who attended the roundtable and inform presidents in attendance about the opportunity to host a Climate Corps fellow at their respective universities. She hopes to see more innovation and progress on climate change coming from American universities in the years to come.

Links:

●     Blog post from the White House Council on Environmental Quality

●     White House Fact Sheet on Pledge

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Provided by White House Council on Environmental Quality

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