Collaboration across sectors and among its higher education peers is one of Harvard’s key strategies in helping build a more sustainable future. Harvard’s latest partnership is with Solution Generation, a national coalition of higher education partners, launched on September 16, 2014, committed to leading by example and engaging our campus communities on climate solutions.
The Director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, Heather Henriksen, serves on the Solution Generation Executive Committee. The Committee, comprised of 20 higher education leaders from around the country, believes that colleges and universities have the power to lead society on climate change today. The University’s approach to modeling an institutional pathway to a more sustainable campus was also a featured success story on the coalition’s website.
Solution Generation is the latest program to be launched through MomentUs, a national initiative designed to increase personal and institutional support for climate change solutions among mainstream Americans.
“Higher education leaders have a unique opportunity to lead on climate solutions now to improve our livelihoods and those of our next generation,” said Bob Perkowitz, founder and president, ecoAmerica, the organization that runs MomentUs. “Students and presidents alike are concerned by the impacts of climate change and want to be part of the solution. Higher education leaders are already demonstrating their leadership by reducing their climate impact, and agree that now is the time to inspire and engage the full diversity of their campuses and communities in climate solutions.”
Solution Generation aims to make it easy for higher education to lead on climate by providing effective resources that can be used right away. It offers a positive message that invites colleges and universities to participate in solutions and connect with each school’s values.
Higher education leaders have a unique opportunity to lead on climate solutions now to improve our livelihoods and those of our next generation.
Through the Solution Generation program and website, higher education leaders now have access to a national network, and a plethora of useful tools and resources for communications, engagement, and operations that have never before been available. All resources are designed to align with the values and capabilities of higher education. They can be helpful to any leader, particularly those who have not previously engaged in climate change.
Through Solution Generation, Harvard is also connected with a powerful network of over 140 like-minded leaders in the faith, health, business, stewardship and communities sectors through the MomentUs initiative, who align on shared vision, principles and commitment to climate solutions.