75 Higher education institutions urge strong 2030 U.S. climate target

By: | April 9, 2021

A group of colleges and universities across the United States sent a letter to the White House calling on the Biden-Harris administration to adopt a target of at least 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

The 75 institutions, including UC Santa Cruz, that signed on to the letter span 29 different states, in all regions of the United States. The letter also represents a wide diversity of institution types, including large research universities, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges, regional comprehensive universities, and liberal arts colleges and universities.

The Biden-Harris administration re-entered the Paris Agreement in February and needs to submit a carbon emission goal, known as a nationally determined contribution (NDC). The goal advocated for by higher education institutions would help put the United States on a viable path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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