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Western President Joins Coalition Supporting Paris Climate Agreement

We Are Still In

LA CROSSE, Wis., June 6, 2017 – Western Technical College President Lee Rasch has signed a letter of support to continue sustainability efforts, despite the federal decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Rasch joins an alliance of college and business leaders as well as mayors and governors from across the country, committing to meet the requirements to reduce greenhouse emissions laid out in the Paris accord.

The coalition, organized by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and environmental advocacy group Second Nature, which is leading the effort in higher education, plans to negotiate with the United Nations on how to enter the Paris agreement.

“We feel it is important to take a position on this vital global issue and we must lead by example,” said Rasch. “Furthermore, our community is supportive of the sustainability efforts at Western. Simply put, we feel our signature support is the right thing to do.”

Rasch was a charter signatory to the Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007 and renewed the commitment in 2016. “Since the initial agreement, Western has reached over $1.4 million is energy savings, received LEED Certification on eight buildings, implemented training on hydro power and passive house design, and created a culture that embraces sustainable changes,” said Rasch.

More than 190 college and university leaders from across the country have declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader by stating, “We are still in.”