Stein­metz to at­tend sum­mit on cli­mate

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - JAIME ADAME

FAYET­TEVILLE — Chan­cel­lor Joe Stein­metz will take part in a cli­mate-change con­fer­ence for higher ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers.

Stein­metz will at­tend the 2019 Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cli­mate Lead­er­ship Sum­mit in Tempe, Ariz., and “par­tic­i­pate in an in­vi­ta­tion-only Ex­ec­u­tive Lead­er­ship Roundtable,” said Laura Ja­cobs, as­so­ciate vice chan­cel­lor and chief of staff.

“In 2007, the U of A de­vel­oped its own long-range cli­mate ac­tion plan to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions and by 2015, had re­duced emis­sions to 1990 lev­els, de­spite grow­ing its pop­u­la­tion and phys­i­cal foot­print sig­nif­i­cantly,” Ja­cobs said in an email.

Work has in­cluded in­vest­ing in heat­ing and cool­ing tech­nol­ogy, in­creas­ing en­ergy con­ser­va­tion stan­dards for build­ing projects and in­stalling a 5 megawatt nat­u­ral gas co-gen­er­a­tion power and heat sys­tem, Ja­cobs said.

“The suc­cesses we have worked hard to achieve are of in­ter­est to other uni­ver­si­ties,” Ja­cobs said.

Trip ex­penses add up to $1,799, in­clud­ing ho­tel, with pri­vate funds pay­ing for the costs, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Ja­cobs. She said she did not know of any other UA at­ten­dees at the con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence, tak­ing place to­day through Tues­day, is or­ga­nized by non­profit Sec­ond Na­ture and the In­ten­tional En­dow­ments Net­work, an ini­tia­tive of the non­profit The Crane In­sti­tute of Sus­tain­abil­ity.

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