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APUS Named Finalist in Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards

Also receives LEED Gold Certification for Academic Center

Charles Town, WV, Jan. 24, 2013American Public University System (APUS) today announced that it is a finalist in the Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among US colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The program is sponsored by Second Nature, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education, and media company PlanetForward.

APUS, the only fully online ACUPCC signatory and a charter member, opened West Virginia’s largest solar array and adjacent energy-efficient Finance Center in September 2012. In addition, its Academic Center, opened in fall 2010, recently received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

“Our recognition by Second Nature is a testament to our commitment to work toward reducing our already low environmental impact,” said Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS president and CEO. “We are honored to be acknowledged for our ongoing efforts to promote a more sustainable future for our students, our communities, and our country."

“If the destabilizing economic, political, and environmental events and natural disasters of the last few years have told us anything, it is that business as usual will not work,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “We need new and better ways of meeting human needs, and this year’s finalists are leading the way in creating — and teaching — sustainable solutions to the major economic and social issues of our time.”

This year, the program’s fourth, drew the largest and most competitive pool of nominations to date.  Second Nature will partner with PlanetForward, a web-to-television initiative that documents and shares energy, climate, and sustainability advances, on a public voting competition featuring the Finalists’ climate leadership and campus innovations during Earth Month (April 2013).

“The caliber of this year’s nominations is unparalleled,” said ACUPCC Director Ashka Naik.  “The depth and breadth of climate leadership and sustainability education programs demonstrated by these finalists is a reflection of their deep commitment to truly innovative solutions for a sustainable future.”

Each of the 20 finalists will produce a video that promotes its specific sustainability efforts. In late spring, award winners will be chosen, independent of the video voting competition, by members of the Second Nature Board not affiliated with ACUPCC signatory schools. For more information on the awards, visit www.secondnature.org/awards.

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 (ACUPCC). Learn more at: www.secondnature.org

About American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
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 


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