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July 3, 2008 The Talloires Network E-Newsletter

In This Issue                  

Update from the Chair

Student Voice

Survey on Campus Climate Change

Historical Precedents

Featured Organizations & Resources

Upcoming Events

Talloires Secretariat News



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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysia)

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Update from the Chair: President Lawrence Bacow

As signatories to the Talloires Declaration, we share the belief that institutions of higher education have a special responsibility to contribute to the public good. As citizens in an increasingly interconnected world, we understand the critical need to promote environmental sustainability. Climate change is an issue of global importance that has particular resonance on college and university campuses. Students are increasingly seeking educational programs—often innovative and interdisciplinary in nature—that will prepare them for careers related to the environment. They are also calling on their own institutions of higher learning to make firm public commitments to combat climate change. As you read the July issue of Talloires Network News, I encourage you to think about how you can promote sustainability on your campus and in the world.
President Lawrence S. Bacow, Tufts University

Student Voice: Amanda Yeo, University of Melbourne

Planting Trees To Save Our Environment

For many of us, going ‘green’ may seem like a very drastic measure. It might seem impossible or impractical for many of us to give up our cars in exchange for bicycles. And what about people who need to travel long distances by planes? Should those who are environmentally concerned stop travelling and let big business deals fall through just to do their part for the environment? A better solution would be to offset our carbon footprints. We can do so by planting trees! Read more about Amanda’s project>>

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Talloires Network and Climate Change Survey

How "Green" is your campus? Are climate change and sustainability major issues of concern at your institution? Are faculty and students interested? What programs exist currently at your institution? Would you be interested in learning more about climate change, and how institutions of higher education can get involved? Please take a moment to take our brief survey on your interest. Take the survey>>

Historical Precedents

The 1990 Talloires Declaration on Sustainability

Although the 2005 Talloires Conference gave rise to our current Talloires Network, it was not the first international gathering of university leaders to take place in Talloires, France. Earlier conferences on pressing global issues occured in 1981 and 1988, and in 1990 twenty-two university presidents and chancellors met to voice concerns and spell out key actions that institutions of higher education must take to create a sustainable future. They formed the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF). Read more>>

Featured Organizations & Resources

Campus Climate Challenge

The Campus Climate Challenge is a project of over 30 youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada, leveraging the power of young people to organize on college campuses to win 100% Clean Energy policies at their schools. The Challenge is growing a generation-wide movement to stop global warming, by reducing the pollution from our colleges down to zero, and leading our society to a clean energy future. Read more>>

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is a membership-based association of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education in the US and Canada. Their mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education – from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach – through education, communication, research and professional development. Read more>>

Climate Action Network – International
The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 430 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.CAN members work to achieve this goal through the coordination of information exchange and NGO strategy on international, regional and national climate issues. Read more>>

Earth Day Network

Through Earth Day Network, activists connect, interact, and impact their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN’s international network reaches over 17,000 organizations in 174 countries, while the domestic program engages 5,000 groups and over 25,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. Read more>>

It’s Getting Hot in Here

It’s Getting Hot in Here is the voice of a growing movement, a collection of voices from the student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming. Originally created by youth leaders to allow youth to report from the International Climate Negotiations in Montreal, It’s Getting Hot in Here has since grown into a global online community, with over 100 writers from countries around the world. Read more>>

Taking It Global -A Climate Change Guide To Action

TakingITGlobal is an international youth-led organization that helps young people find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action to improve their local and global communities. One of TIG’s major issue areas is Climate Change, and they have produced a Guide to Action to help students start their own projects. Read more>>

Upcoming Events

AUCEA National Conference: Engaging for a Sustainable Future

The Australian Universities Civic Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) annual conference will take place 9-11 July 2008 in Queensland, Australia. Following the theme of "Engaging for a Sustainable Future," this conference will promote partnerships between universities, private enterprise, government and communities. Read more>>

AASHE Conference: Working Together for Sustainability

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) will hold their second bienniel conference Nov. 9-11 in Raleigh, NC. Under the theme, “Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond,” this conference will bring together higher education leaders from the U.S. and Canada to demonstrate how colleges and universities can lead the way to a sustainable future. Read more>>

ACU Conference in Hyderabad: November 28-30, 2008

ACU conference.JPGThe Association of Commonwealth Universities will hold a conference of Executive Heads on 28-30 November 2008 in Hyderabad, India. The theme of the conference is "Dazzling Technologies: Seismic shifts in higher education in a fast-changing and unequal world." Brenda Gourley, Chair of the Talloires Network Global Project, also serves as Chair of the ACU Council. Read more>>

Talloires Secretariat News

This week, we bid farewell to Paula Fortner, our Talloires Network Service Fellow. Paula has made significant contributions to the advancement of the Talloires Network over the course of her fellowship, including the launch of the Talloires Network News. Her enthusiasm, intelligence and commitment, along with her humor and grace, will be sorely missed. She will be using her excellent writing skills to pursue a career path in journalism. In her next position she will be writing on current global health issues. Paula has been an extraordinary part of our team and we wish her much happiness and success!

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