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DRI signs the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

DRI Vice President for Research Dr. Alan Gertler has signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 200 university and college campuses across the country who this week demonstrated their support for strong climate action by world leaders in Paris at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change. 

As the major environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and our 500 employees on two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, applauds the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action.

Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding the Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting the preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada, the United States, and around the world.

Our research faculty, students and support staff work directly with numerous federal government, business and private-sector research sponsors to more efficiently develop our nation’s and our world’s response to a changing climate.

As we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris, we are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low-carbon future. We recognize, however, the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health, along with the critical importance and impact of commitments and actions by individual organizations and groups.

Today, DRI pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy, while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campuses.

We put forth our pledge as follows:

DRI pledges to:

  • Increase our implementation of renewable power generation across our campuses, expanding beyond our current 2.39 MW of infrastructure;
  • Minimize use of water across our research campuses through employee education and direct conservation programs;
  • Expand our research portfolio associated with technologies and mechanisms designed to address climate change and its global impacts;
  • Implement U.S. Green Building Council standards and LEED certified building strategies and practices in all future DRI capital improvement projects.

Official Fact Sheet: Ahead of the Conference on Climate Change, More than 200 Colleges and Universities Sign the American Campus Act on Climate Pledge to Demonstrate Support for Strong International Climate Action -