UNITY, Maine — The college president who led his institution to become the first to divest from investments in fossil fuels will be the featured Earth Day speaker at the University of Maine.
Unity College President Stephen Mulkey will speak about his college’s decision to divest when he is featured at noon on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, on the campus of the University of Maine, Orono, in the FFA room of the Memorial Union.
Sponsored by the University of Maine Green Team, the event is free and open to the general public.An internationally recognized scientist who has been a passionate voice for higher education to address the undeniable threat of global climate change, Mulkey not only led Unity College to become the first college in the nation to divest, but also led the College to develop a focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century transdisciplinary (collaborative) environmental problem solving.
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including: its focus on sustainability science; its ground-breaking “green” innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and for being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.