US colleges discuss role as “bellwether for change” in light of climate emergency

May 9, 2019

Climate change has joined financial pressures and campus controversies in the many threats that a campus president must engage with, writes Lee Gardner, “and some must do so in communities where the words 'climate change' can turn a potentially productive conversation into a political argument.” Gardner highlights the experiences of universities in the United States that have seen flooding, extreme temperatures, and unreliable wildfire seasons, noting that these challenges are worsened by the tight-belt budgets that many colleges are working with. The article describes how institutions have pitched vanguard construction projects to generate excitement, encouraged buy-in from campus communities, and pushed to prepare the larger community for the future. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)