Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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Dickinson College
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
State, National and International Leadership on Climate Change Action

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Dickinson College plays a leadership role in Pennsylvania, nationally and internationally to engage students and the College in action on energy and climate change. Examples include organizing conferences that bring students and faculty from across the state of Pennsylvania to engage in dialogue about energy and climate change with elected officials and other decision-makers; joining with presidents of four other colleges to launch the national Higher Education Carbon Pricing Initiative; working with Second Nature and others to establish a Carbon Pricing Working Group; sending student delegations to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen (2009), Cancun (2010), Durban (2011), Lima (2014), Paris (2015) and Bonn (2016); organizing a higher education event at COP21 in Paris; facilitating participation of students and faculty from other colleges in UNFCCC COPs; participating in the science assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; bringing groups of students to attend regional conferences of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and participate in advocacy training; supporting students in sponsoring a resolution on climate change that was passed by the Carlisle Borough Council; facilitating participation of students, faculty and community members in the 2017 March for Science; collaborating with the U.S. Army War College to raise awareness and understanding of climate change among military officers; bringing nationally known scientists and activists to speak to our campus and our community about climate change; and encouraging our faculty to speak in the community about climate change.

Examples of our activities:
• Safe Climate PA, October 2017: http://www.pagreencolleges.org/event-2462665
• Dickinson Marches for Science, April 2017: http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20052/sustainability/3447/dickinson_marches.
• PA Power Dialog, April 2016: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/papowerdialog/.
• Higher Education Carbon Pricing Initiative: http://www.ourclimate.us/higher_ed_initiative.
• Rose-Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism has brought speakers to campus and the community to advocate for climate action – Bill McKibben, Lisa Jackson, James Balog, Elizabeth Colbert, Brett Jenks and Mark Ruffalo: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/749/the_sam_rose_58_and_julie_walters_prize_at_dickinson_college_for_global_environmental_activism.
• Joseph Priestly Prize has brought Richard Alley and James Hansen: http://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/2827/youre_the_real_answer.
• Climate Action – engaging the Next Generation, COP21, Paris: http://cop21.dickinson.edu/content/our-cop21-event.
• Dickinson Delegation heads to Paris COP: https://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/1866/in_the_thick_of_it_all.
• Dickinson Climate Change Mosaic, Lima, Peru, COP20, 2014: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/cop20/.
• Dickinson Climate Change Mosaic, Durban, South Africa, COP17, 2011: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/cop17durban/.
• From Kyoto to Copenhagen, Dickinson Program at COP15: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/copenhagen/.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Air & Climate
Student empowerment

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Examples of activities:
• Safe Climate PA, October 2017: http://www.pagreencolleges.org/event-2462665
• Dickinson Marches for Science, April 2017: http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20052/sustainability/3447/dickinson_marches.
• PA Power Dialog, April 2016: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/papowerdialog/.
• Higher Education Carbon Pricing Initiative: http://www.ourclimate.us/higher_ed_initiative.
• Rose-Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism has brought speakers to campus and the community to advocate for climate action – Bill McKibben, Lisa Jackson, James Balog, Elizabeth Kolbert, Brett Jenks and Mark Ruffalo: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/749/the_sam_rose_58_and_julie_walters_prize_at_dickinson_college_for_global_environmental_activism.
• Joseph Priestly Prize has brought Richard Alley and James Hansen: http://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/2827/youre_the_real_answer.
• Climate Action – engaging the Next Generation, COP21, Paris: http://cop21.dickinson.edu/content/our-cop21-event.
• Dickinson Delegation heads to Paris COP: https://www.dickinson.edu/news/article/1866/in_the_thick_of_it_all.
• Dickinson Climate Change Mosaic, Lima, Peru, COP20, 2014: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/cop20/.
• Dickinson Climate Change Mosaic, Durban, South Africa, COP17, 2011: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/cop17durban/.
• From Kyoto to Copenhagen, Dickinson Program at COP15: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/copenhagen/.

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