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President Nelsen takes the lead in push for a ‘greener’ world

President Nelsen at Earth Day President Robert S. Nelsen has signed four historic documents that reflect his – and Sacramento State’s – expanding commitment to sustainability on the local and global stages.

This summer, he joined hundreds of government, business, and higher education leaders in signing the “We Are Still In” statement opposing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. He also signed a “Put a Price on It” initiative calling for carbon-intensive industries to pay their fair share of pollution costs.

Those actions followed Nelsen’s support for an open letter on climate action from leaders of more than 170 U.S. colleges and universities to the then-incoming Trump administration. And in 2016, Nelsen signed Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality on the campus.

Sac State’s commitment is reflected in many campus projects, from cutting-edge aquaponics and stormwater management to the conversion of food waste into clean fuel for Hornet Shuttles. The University has been named the CSU’s most sustainable campus and has been placed on the Princeton Review’s 2017 Green Honor Roll.

“At Sacramento State,” Nelsen says, “we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of environmental stewardship. … I believe that we, as a University and as citizens of the world, have to take responsibility for our actions today to ensure we are creating a better world tomorrow.”
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