The Global Climate Action Coalition includes participation from 3 continents, 8 countries 11 universities. The projects focus on a variety of goals from creating institutional bodies of support to running energy efficiency campaigns, from reducing waste to fostering a network of green leaders.


In November of 2009, President Levin and Rector Hemmingsen, on behalf of Yale University and the University of Copenhagen, invited university presidents to send teams of students to participate in a groundbreaking collaborative project on climate change during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen. Fifteen teams of students from universities all over the world convened at the University of Copenhagen on Sunday, December 13, and Monday, December 14, 2009, to propose how they and their universities can minimize harmful damage to the environment and promote sustainable solutions. From this workshop, the Global Climate Action Coalition was formed.


Since 2009, we have kept in touch with 9 different teams, experimented with two websites, complete 2 surveys and will be releasing two different reports. As a Coalition, we have worked on everything from waste management to energy reduction use. We’ve hosted almost-zero-waste events, departmental competitions on energy use, installed solar panels and more! In the works, we are in the process of renewing our commitments for the new year, solidifying plans for an annual meeting and welcoming new Coalition members.

Thank you for visiting us at our web-based venue for idea-sharing, synopsis of best practices, recently functional in February of 2011. We hope to get inputs from anyone who is interested in using universities as the ground for innovative experiments! For students, administrators and activists who are interested in our work, we hope you’ll subscribe to the website and stay tuned for how you or your university teams can get involved!


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