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APUS Recognized Among Higher Education Leaders in Second Nature’s “Celebrating Sustainability” Series; Seeks popular vote in Earth Month competition

Charles Town, WV, March 25, 2013American Public University System (APUS) will be recognized in two forums in April as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). APUS is the only fully-online signatory and a charter member of the ACUPCC, which has the core mission to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society. 

The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the noteworthy initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize APUS on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on April 11.

In tandem with the series, an APUS video featuring its sustainability initiatives will vie for the top spot in a public voting competition, in which viewers will vote for the most innovative institution in each Carnegie Classification. Voting takes place throughout April, in partnership with Planet Forward
 
In September 2012, APUS opened its new energy-efficient Finance Center, which was constructed on a reclaimed brownfield site and is powered in part by West Virginia’s largest solar array. It is targeted for LEED certification by the US Green Building Council at the Gold level or higher, a status achieved by the 2 1/2-year-old APUS Academic Center in late 2012.

“APUS is dedicated to leading by example and sharing best practices with others for developing ‘greener’ policies for their own organizations,” said Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS  president and CEO. “This commitment extends from our students and their localities to other higher education institutions and communities nationwide, and we are honored to be recognized by the ACUPCC for our ongoing efforts to reduce our already low environmental impact.”

“As a fully-online institution, APUS demonstrates a varied and far-reaching commitment to sustainability visible not only in the energy-efficiency and restoration projects at its headquarters in West Virginia, but also in the education it brings to more than 100,000 students worldwide,” said Second Nature President David Hales.

 About American Public University System
American Public University System, winner of the Sloan Consortium's 2009 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and two-time recipient of Sloan's Effective Practices Award, offers 87 online degree programs through American Public University and American Military University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit www.apus.edu.

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 & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Learn more about Second Nature at: www.secondnature.org.

About the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
The 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.

Media Contacts:
Brian Muys, APUS
571-358-3145  
bmuys@apus.edu

Rima Mulla, Second Nature
617-722-0036 ext. 220
rmulla@secondnature.org