As you assume your new and permanent post as the head of this University, it is critical that you make climate action one of your top priorities.
With each passing year, the threat of climate catastrophe increases. It is crucial that UNC, as an institution of higher education and supposed leader of progress, takes a leading role in the confrontation of the climate crisis. It is essential for UNC to facilitate the education of the next generation of climate leaders, activists and change-makers; enact a comprehensive action plan to mitigate our direct contributions to the climate crisis; and invest in research aimed at combating the climate crisis.
It is not enough to make broad statements of support for sustainability initiatives. Sustainability must be transparently integrated into all aspects of decision-making, from construction and building maintenance to investment portfolio management.
UNC has neglected to take meaningful action to combat the climate crisis for far too long. UNC continues to operate a coal-fired power plant, has failed to release a comprehensive Three Zeros Plan and has paved no clear path forward.