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Bunker Hill Community College to Host Regional Sustainability Symposium, Nov. 3-4, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bunker Hill Community College will host the first Northeast Regional Collaborative Symposium of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) on November 3-4, 2011, in collaboration with Second Nature, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. The ACUPCC, a network of more than 700 signatory members, represents the best practices of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.

BHCC, a charter signatory to the ACUPCC, will be joined by many participants from colleges and universities located throughout the northeast region. The two-day symposium aims at creating dialogue and collaboration among the ACUPCC signatories who face similar challenges of sustainability. The following topics will be covered at the meeting:

  • Preparing and implementing Climate Action Plans
  • Regional challenges to sustainability
  • Curriculum development initiatives
  • Challenges to ACUPCC implementation

BHCC President Mary L. Fifield signed the ACUPCC in 2007, ushering in a new sustainability-focused era for the College.  Since then, BHCC has opened a LEED-Gold certified Health and Wellness Center, set up the President’s Climate Commitment and Sustainability committee, launched a new Sustainable Mini-grant Program, created an Urban Organic Garden, founded a new student Sustainability Club, and established the cabinet-level position of Director of Sustainability, held by Paul Wolff III.

In June of this year, BHCC was acknowledged nationally at the 5th Annual ACUPCC Summit. At the summit, the College received the prestigious Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature.

For further information on the symposium, please visit:www.bhcc.mass.edu/sustainability

Media Contact:
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu


Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.