Clinton urges universities to go green

University and college communities need to get involved in environmental initiatives and reduce greenhouse gases, says President Bill Clinton, who addressed 250 university presidents and faculty in Chicago yesterday.

Clinton gave the keynote address to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment at the Palmer House Hilton. Through his foundation, Clinton has been an avid supporter for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Anything any of you can do from your state, through what you are doing on campus that are economically beneficial ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will be helpful as Congress considers climate change legislation that the President and the Secretary of State desperately need before the Copenhagen conference in December," Clinton says.

Representatives of 170 nations plan to meet in Copenhagen in December in hopes of fashioning new global environmental guidelines. This is the last planned meeting of nations on the issue before the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.