Warren Wilson College has received an inaugural Second Nature Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership, presented at the fourth annual summit of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in Denver. Chief Sustainability Official Margo Flood accepted the award from Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature.
“The Warren Wilson community is deeply honored to receive this award and grateful for the inspiration it provides,” Flood said. “As one of the higher education institutions leading the charge toward a carbon neutral future, we are goaded by this recognition to quicken our pace.”
Following President Sandy Pfeiffer’s signing of the ACUPCC in 2007, Warren Wilson has accelerated its sustainability progress in the area of senior leadership as well as in its distinctive learning triad of academics, work and service. For example, the college has formally adopted sustainable decision-making and developed a climate action plan.
Warren Wilson students are often at the forefront of the college’s sustainability efforts. Students provide more than 20,000 hours annually of sustainability-related service to community, and raise 10 percent of produce and 80 percent of beef served in the college dining hall. They also operate an acclaimed recycling program and have developed real-time energy monitoring.