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Online Voting Affords UCM an Opportunity for Nationwide Recognition

Contact Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 19, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri has been named a finalist in the Second Nature 2012 Climate Leadership Awards competition, a national competition among colleges and universities to earn the title of “Most Innovative Climate Leader.”

One important element to claiming the national title in June is the number of votes received in online voting conducted March 14-April 14. The online voting is open to anyone.

A video produced by UCM University Relations and submitted with UCM’s entry is available on the competition website, as well as YouTube and Facebook. The video promotes the successes of the entire UCM campus and the UCM Office of Sustainability in creating a culture of sustainability through a variety of avenues, including the campus recycling program, the Energy Saving Contract (ESCO) retrofit project and the ReCycles bicycle loan program.

“This national recognition of UCM’s campus-wide efforts in sustainability and energy efficiency is a testament to leadership at all levels of the campus community,” said Manny Abarca, UCM graduate student and coordinator of the university’s Office of Sustainability. “We’re asking everyone to go to the competition website and vote and make a significant contribution to UCM’s chances for gaining this valuable recognition.”

 The awards program is sponsored by Second Nature, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education, and PlanetForward, a media company that publishes news, opinion and insight about energy, climate and sustainability.

Finalists in the competition have been named in five categories based upon Carnegie classifications.  In addition to UCM, the other three finalists in the Master’s College and University category are Florida Gulf Coast University, Goddard College in Vermont, and William Paterson University in New Jersey. Following the close of online voting, PlanetForward will profile the institutions that accumulate the votes during its “Move the Planet” conference the week of April 16. In May the steering committee from the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment will select the official 2012 Climate Leadership Award recipients. UCM is a signatory of the ACUPCC, along with nearly 700 colleges and universities committed to promoting sustainability through teaching and action.

One to two institutions from each Carnegie classification will receive the award, which will be presented to representatives of the winning colleges and universities at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit June 21-22 at American University in Washington, D.C.