President Clinton Recognizes DCTC

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President Clinton Announces Major Partnerships to Retrofit Public and Private Buildings Nationwide, Recognizes DCTC’s Participation

DCTC President Ron Thomas took the stage with President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, Nov. 7, as Clinton announced several new partnerships to improve the energy efficiency of hundreds of millions of square feet of public and private real estate throughout the United States.

Thomas, on behalf the college, received special recognition for participation in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the work already completed to achieve the objectives of the initiative.

“As a leader in technical education, concerns regarding environmental issues and energy efficiency are prevalent in business and industry. By participating in the ACUPCC and developing the DCTC Green Campus Commitment, we will be able to use energy-savings costs to further improve the learning environment we provide, and educate our students on the importance of green initiatives so that they can be more effective in the workforce,” said Thomas.

Under the leadership of President Thomas, DCTC signed on to the ACUPCC last June, committing the college to achieving climate neutrality and lowering energy costs. Since having signed on, the college has created an institutional action plan and established three committees to oversee the project.

Already, several construction projects and educational initiatives that meet the guidelines of the Green Campus Commitment are underway, and the campus’ new greenhouse will serve as one of the first completed projects that represents the objectives of the initiative.

A formal kickoff for the new DCTC Green Campus Commitment and a grand opening for the new greenhouse will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Building on the growing momentum for leadership and action on climate change, the Presidents Climate Commitment provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to go climate neutral. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming.

Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative was launched in August 2006 with the mission of applying the Foundation’s business-oriented approach to the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways. In its first phase, CCI is working with cities around the world to accelerate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In May 2007, President Clinton announced the creation of a global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, a project of the Clinton Climate Initiative. This program brings together eight of the world’s largest energy service companies, five of the world’s largest banks, and seventeen of the world’s largest cities in a landmark program designed to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings. The program provides both cities and their private building owners with access to the necessary funds to retrofit existing buildings with more energy efficient products, typically leading to energy savings between 20 to 50 percent.

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