Wesleyan Honored for Climate Change Efforts

Bill Nelligan, director of environmental health, safety and sustainability, delivers the opening remarks at the 2010 Climate Change Leadership Awards Ceremony June 7 in Kerr Lecture Hall. Wesleyan was one of seven individuals and organizations honored by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell for its innovative efforts to address global climate change.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth accepted Wesleyan’s award, and made comments after the presentation. The Connecticut Climate Change Leadership Awards Program was developed by the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change to recognize individuals and organizations that have taken exemplary action in the past year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, increase awareness of climate change solutions and Connecticut action on climate change, and recognize individuals who make a significant impact by engaging a larger group to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Wesleyan was honored for its "exemplary actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase awareness of climate change solutions."

Bill Nelligan led a tour of Wesleyan’s sustainability highlights following the awards ceremony.

Wesleyan’s sustainable actions include extensive energy efficiency improvements throughout campus and the installation of a natural gas co-generation system that supplies both electricity and steam that can be used to heat and cool buildings. (Photos by Bill Burkhart)