University is Finalist in 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards CLICK HERE to vote for our video!William Paterson University is a finalist in the 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards contest, which recognizes innovation and excellence in climate leadership at institutions that have signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. We invite you to participate in the process by voting in the public, online component of the competition between now and April 14. In conjunction with the contest, the University has produced a video highlighting our sustainability efforts, which can be viewed on planetforward.org along with videos for the other finalists. Viewers can vote on the most innovative and groundbreaking institution in each category. Please view our video, “William Paterson University’s Commitment to Sustainability,” at http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards/ and vote for us! To vote, simply scroll down to the blue VOTE box, click on the “thumbs up” icon, and cast your vote for us! Winning videos will be featured at Planet Forward’s “Moving the Planet” conference the week of April 16. In May, the steering committee from the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), an agreement between nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action, will select the official 2012 Climate Leadership Award winners. Final award winners will be announced during the 2012 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in Washington, DC on June 21 and 22. The awards program is sponsored by Second Nature, a national nonprofit that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education, and PlanetForward, a media company that publishes news, opinion, and insight about energy, climate, and sustainability. William Paterson is one of 20 colleges and universities across the country named as finalists, and is the only finalist from New Jersey. In its application, the University discussed the institution’s continuing efforts toward carbon neutrality, including conservation efforts that integrate sustainability across the curriculum, such as a new bachelor’s degree in environmental sustainability. Since the initiation of its energy program in 2001, the University has reduced its annual electrical and natural gas consumption, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon gas emissions as well as more than $17 million in total energy savings.