One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

Ivy League Universities are making strides on climate action.  Last week, Columbia University announced it is creating a new school within the University dedicated to the issue of climate change.  The University will draw on its Earth Institute (EI) and network of Global Centers in countries around the world.  And the election for the Harvard Board of Overseers is underway — with the five Harvard Forward climate change-focused young candidates working to “get out the vote.”  If you are a Harvard alum click here to vote and if you know one, forward them the link!  There are climate-focused candidates for the Harvard Alumni Association – learn more about them here.  And Yale Forward is collecting signatures to put Maggie Thomas on Yale’s Board of Trustees.  Yale alums can sign that petition here.

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