On October 24, 2009 members of the GCCM will join with a number of other campuses and people around the world in an international campaign on climate change. The idea is to organize local events on this date to focus the world’s attention on the number 350 – as in parts per million (ppm), which is the level scientists have identified as a safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.
More to come….
Almost every school in the GCCM has signed on to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As such, we are individually responsible for meeting the Commitment’s benchmarks including
- meeting immediate goals to reduce our carbon footprints
- conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory
- developing our climate neutral action plans
Each step of the way, we have used our meetings to discuss progress, challenges and results of our efforts. We also use our meetings as a forum for engaging experts to consult with us on useful tools and technologies.
NECSC 2007 Conference
A great way to get to know your fellow sustainability coordinators is to work with them on setting up a conference. Maine was selected to host the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)’s 2007 Annual Conference, and with the GCCM already in place, we used one of our bi-monthly meetings to discuss where we should have the event. Bowdoin agreed to use their campus as the setting, and a number of us began meeting to formulate the theme, sessions and logistics.
Over the course of nine months several Maine schools met regularly to organize speakers, logistics and outreach. We worked to bring Maine people, programs, and local products together as a focus of the regional conference.
We had an enormously successful event, and in the process we strengthened our network.