By Georges Dyer

The Summit felt like a real inflection point. Paul Hawken underscored the need to not only stop emitting greenhouse gases, but to “bring carbon home” and drawdown the levels of gases in the atmosphere. After 11 years of progress on climate action plans by signatories to the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, it is time for higher education to fully engage its leadership by working across sectors to reverse global warming. The Summit’s focus on “We Are Still In” coalition showed how higher ed is doing just that. The UC3 announcement from some of the nation’s largest university systems felt like the kind of “all hands on deck” approach needed. And by brining the Intentional Endowments Network together with the Second Nature networks, demonstrated how powerful endowment voices can be in accelerating sustainable investing practices, and creating the clean economy.