Universities and Colleges for the Climate Summit


In advance of the COP 25 meeting in Chile in December, networks and institutions working in Further and Higher Education are coming together to add their support to this letter that would be shared with key government officials and the media in advance of this event.

The aim is to get as many networks and institutions as possible on board in order to showcase the commitments towards the attainment of SDG 4 (Education) and 13 (Climate Change).

Networks from around the world have already agreed to support this letter, including the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)Global AllianceEAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education and Second Nature

Who can sign: Ideally, the president or chancellor of respective institutions will sign on to this letter on behalf of the institution. However, if an institution has already committed to the actions outlined below via previous agreements, any faculty or staff member of the institution can sign on to reiterate its pre-existing commitment. If you have any questions regarding who can sign on to this letter, please contact us. Networks that represent higher and further education institutions can also sign on to the letter. 

Deadline: The current deadline for signing on to this letter is November 1st 2019. If you are ready to add your network or institution to this letter, then please sign on to this letter via this form which will take no more than 2 minutes to complete.

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Climate Emergency Letter

As institutions and networks of higher and further education from across the world, we collectively declare a Climate Emergency in recognition of the need for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change. 

The young minds that are shaped by our institutions must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capability to respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate change. We all need to work together to nurture a habitable planet for future generations and to play our part in building a greener and cleaner future for all.

We are today committing to collectively step up to the challenge by supporting a three-point plan which includes:

  1. Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation;
  2. Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest;
  3. Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curriculum, campus and community outreach programmes.

We call on governments and other education institutions to join us in declaring a Climate Emergency and back this up with actions that will help create a better future for both people and our planet.

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Current representation:

141 institutions representing approx. 2,324,949 students

42 networks representing approx. 8320 institutions


Signed by Networks

  1. Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  2. Global Alliance
  3. EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
  4. Second Nature
  5. YEA! Network
  6. Caribbean Youth Environment Network
  7. Campus Responsables
  8. Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative - GRLI
  9. COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) 
  10. U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  11. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  12. NSCN, Nordic Sustainable Campus Network
  13. National Union of Students UK
  14. Students Organising for Sustaniability (SOS) - UK
  15. Intentional Endowments Network
  16. WEEC Network - World Environmental Education Network
  17. Society for Environment and Sustainable Development
  18. ARIUSA
  19. Red Ambiental de Universidades Sostenibles-RAUS
  20. UK & Ireland UN PRME Regional Network
  21. Green-Campus Programme
  22. China Green University Network (CGUN)
  23. Asian Sustainable Campus Network (ASCN)
  24. CAS-Net JAPAN
  25. Red Colombiana de Formación Ambiental RCFA
  26. Red Ambiental Interuniversitaria - Interuniversia Perú (RAI)
  27. Morgen
  28. APERAU
  29. Red Cientifica Internacional del Campo Unificado de la Educación -REDCICUE
  30. Pacto Universitario Frente al Cambio Climático
  31. Global Planning Education Association Network
  32. Green Initiative Fund
  33. Periodismo de Barrio (Global Investigative Journalism Network), Cuba
  34. Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability
  35. Red de Programas Ambientales Institucionales. Consejo Regional Sur Sureste ANUIES. México. (Red PAIS CRSS ANUIES)
  36. Foundation for Environmental Education - EcoCampus programme
  37. ALEUP - Asociación Latinoamericana de Escuelas de Urbanismo y Planificación
  38. Unión de Responsabilidad Social Universitaria Latinoamericana URSULA
  39. International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
  40. Rede Campus Sustentável 
  41. Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability
  42. Red Campus Sustentable


Signed by Institutions




Carbon Neutral Target 

1. Tongji University China Under discussion
2. Bridgend College UK 2040
3. Strathmore University Kenya Under discussion
4. Zayed University UAE Under discussion
5. University of Glasgow UK 2050
6. University of Bristol UK 2030
7. Centro Regional de Geomatica - CeReGo Argentina Under discussion
8. Women in Energy & Environment at MENA region Kuvait 2030
9. Grenoble Ecole de Management France Under discussion

EDC Paris Business School

France TBC
11. Excelia Group La Rochelle Business School France TBC
12. Kedge Business School France 2030
13. ICN Business School France TBC
14. University of the West of England Bristol UK 2030 (TBC)
15. Toulouse INP - ENSAT France TBC
16. University of Winchester UK BEIS Carbon Pledge
17. Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille France TBC
18. Sierra Nevada College USA 2050
19. Southern Connecticut State University USA TBC
20. TERI School of Advanced Studies India TBC
21. College of Saint Benedict USA TBC
22. California State University, Monterey Bay USA 2030
23. Umma University Kenya  TBC
24. TU Dortmund University Germany TBC
25. Instituto Hábitat, Ciudad y Territorio - Universidad Nacional de Colombia Colombia TBC
26. Bayero University Kano Nigeria TBC
27. Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo - Universidad Central de Venezuela Venezuela TBC
28. University of Guadalajara Mexico 2030
29. California State University, Northridge USA 2040
30. Geography and Environmental Science Department, University of Calabar Nigeria 2030
31. Dar Al Uloom University Saudi Arabia 2050
32. King's College London UK 2025
33. Kinsale College Ireland 2025
34. Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda 2030
35. Universidad Biblica de las Americas Puerto Rico 2050

Universidad Politecnica Cristiana

 Puerto Rico 2050
37. Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán Honduras 2030
38. Busheny Core Primary Teachers' College  Uganda 2030
39. Kibuli Core Primary Teachers' College  Uganda 2025
40. NUI Galway Galway 2030
41. Shimoni Core PTC Uganda 2040
42. Health Service Executive (Cork University Hospital) Ireland 2030
43. Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales Honduras 2025
44. Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertador Venezuela 2040
45. Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza Costa Rica 2025
46. Glasgow Caledonian University UK 2050
47. Technological University Dublin Ireland 2050
48. Bishop Stuart Core P .T.C Uganda 2030


University of 17 Agustus 1945 (UNTAG) of Surabaya Indonesia 2030
50. Universidad Veracruzana Mexico 2040
51. Columbus University Panama 2025
52. Unidades Tecnológicas de Santander Colombia 2030
53. Universidad Politécnica de Honduras Honduras 2030
54. Universidad Libre Colombia Colombia 2030
55. Universidad del Istmo Panama 2025
56. Vatel Mauritius Mauritius 2025
57. Universidad Metropolitana de Honduras Honduras 2025
58. University of Granada Spain 2030
59. University of Valencia Spain TBC
60. Earth University Costa Rica Carbon Neutral
61. Federal University of Para Brazil 2030
62. ISAE Universidad Panama 2050

African Network for Sustainable Development Education -ANSDE

Cameroon 2025
64. Independent University Bangladesh 2030
65. University of California, Irvine USA 2025
66. Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá Panamá 2030
67. Comteq Computer and Business College Philippines 2030
68. Department of Land Resources, Chinese Culture University Taiwan 2050
69. Goddard College USA Carbon Neutral
70. Stockholm University Sweden 2040
71. Universidad Ean Colombia 2040
72. Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales Colombia 2030
73. Faculty ITC, University Twente Netherlands 2030
74. University of Exeter UK Committed to a 50% reduction by 2026 and 80% reduction by 2050, but this is currently under urgent review.
75. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Spain 2030
76. Université de Sousse Tunisia TBC
77. Saint Peter’s University USA 2040
78. Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) Spain 2050
79. Universidad Católica de Ávila Spain 2030
80. University of Castilla La Mancha Spain 2025
81. Zaragoza University Spain 2030
82. Universidad Nacional de Luján Argentina TBC
83. Universidad Nacionql de Educación a Distancia Spain 2025
84. Miguel Hernandez University Spain 2030
85. Emlyon Business School France 2050
86. University of the Basque Country Spain 2030
87. Universidad de A Coruña Spain 2030
88. University Rovira i Virgili Spain 2030
89. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Spain 2030
90. University of San Francisco USA 2019
91. Universidad de Jaén Spain 2050
92. Universidad de Sevilla Spain 2030
93. University Jaume I of Castello Spain 2030
94. Universidad de Córdoba Spain 2040
95. Maya Environmental Education & Research Center Mexico 2030
96. Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain 2050
97. Universidad De Valladolid Spain 2030
98. Del Rosario University Colombia 2050
99. University of East of Anglia UK 2050
100. Université Toulouse 3 - Paul Sabatier France 2030
101. Sterling College USA 2040
102. The Students' Union at UWE


103. Canterbury Christ Church University UK TBC
104. Universidad Pública de Navarra Spain 2030
105. University of Rome Tor Vergata Italy 2040
106. Djolu Technical College of Rural Development Congo Carbon Neutral
107. Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador El Salvador 2030
108. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile 2038
109. Universidad de Cádiz Spain 2030
110. Universidad de La Laguna Spain 2030
111. Christ Church Students' Union - Canterbury UK TBC
112. Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain 2030
113. University of Mondragon Spain 2040
114. Instituto Superior Técnico Portugal 2050
115. Universidad Santander Panama 2040


California State University USA 2030
117. University of Minnesota Morris USA 2025
118. Universidad de Huelva Spain 2025
119. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain 2040
120. University of Extremadura Spain 2030
121. University of Applied Arts Vienna Austria 2040
122. Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacion (UMCE) Chile 2040
123. University of California, Berkeley USA 2025
124. University of California Santa Cruz USA 2025 (TBC)
125. University of California San Diego USA 2030
126. University of California, Davis USA 2025
127. University of California USA 2025


Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain 2040
129. University of California San Francisco (UCSF) USA 2025
130. University of California, Riverside USA 2025
131. University of California Los Angeles USA 2025
132. University of California Merced USA 2030
133. Universidad Libre Colombia 2030
134. I.E Champagnat Tacna Peru 2040
135. Universidad de Magallanes Chile 2040
136. University of California, Santa Barbara USA 2025
137. Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra/IPC Portugal 2030
138. CSR Institute Israel 2020
139. Kaospilot Denmark 2040
140. Goldsmiths, University of London UK 2030
141. Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL Switzerland 2030

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