Unity, Maine – July, 2013 – Two leaders in the growing national movement for institutions of higher education to divest from investments in fossil fuels will present their vision at a joint appearance in Maine.
Unity College President Stephen Mulkey, who in 2012 led his institution to be the first college in the nation to divest from investments in fossil fuels, and Chloe Maxmin, a Maine native and co-founder of Divest Harvard, will speak at the Ladd Recreation Center, 26 Gott Road in Wayne, Maine, on Sunday, August 4th at 4:30pm. The presentation is free and open to the general public.
Mulkey will discuss the undeniable severity of global climate change and outline changes necessary for higher education to meet its ethical imperative.
Since assuming his post as President of Unity College in 2011, Mulkey has championed sustainability science, which he sees as the defining framework for academic programming at Unity College.
He has set an agenda for the College that is bold and visionary. It is driven by ethical imperatives that he feels are non-negotiable. In November 2012, Mulkey announced that Unity had divested from investments in fossil fuels. As the first college in the nation to divest, Unity had provided a measure of leadership that was unrivaled.
Prior to setting Unity’s agenda for initiating the spark to encourage higher education to take a stand on the mitigation of global climate change through the first step of divesting from fossil fuels, Mulkey organized the College’s academics with a forward thinking approach. He pivoted the curriculum at Unity College to focus on the “what’s next” of environmentalism, sustainability science, and the transdisciplinary (collaborative) approach to ecological problem solving.
Since his arrival accolades have followed, including multiple “green” architecture awards for the design (student/faculty and staff collaboration with award-winning green architecture firm GO Logic of Belfast, Maine) and building of TerraHaus, the first college residence hall in the United States built to the Passive House standard, today’s highest energy standard.
Maxmin will share her experiences as a young environmentalist, from starting the Climate Action Club at her high school, Lincoln Academy, to her work at Harvard, with 350.org, and the founding of First Here, Then Everywhere, a web site dedicated to young activists.
The discussion is organized by Sustain Wayne, an educational and networking initiative supporting local economy and resilience to climate change. www.sustainwayne.org.
Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education which 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.