University of Maryland Receives $2.3 Million for Climate Efforts

University of Maryland Receives $2.3 Million for Climate Efforts

The University of Maryland has announced a $2.3 million gift from Michael R. Bloomberg in support of climate change initiatives at the university's Center for Global Sustainability.

The gift will support the center's efforts to analyze and evaluate current U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and advance America's Pledge, a climate change initiative focused on helping the United States meet previously agreed-on carbon reduction goals under the Paris climate agreement. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Action, will report the findings to the UN.

In 2017, the university joined more than a thousand climate leaders in the "We Are Still In" coalition, reaffirming their support of aggressive climate action. Since 2005, the university's own climate action plan has led to a 49 percent reduction in its emissions. Last year's America's Pledge report showed that by 2025, subnational actors in the U.S. have the potential to reduce their emissions by more than 24 percent below 2005 levels, bringing the U.S. within its Paris target of 26 percent.

"This year, we are at a key global moment where countries around the world will be evaluating how to increase their ambition to address climate change," said Nate Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability and lead author of the America's Pledge report. "The America's Pledge model shows how collaboration and analysis are key to realizing the true potential for climate action. Not only is this possible within the U.S., but also across other countries where coalitions of the willing can build on existing opportunity and scale up climate action to address real economic, social, and public health concerns stemming from climate change. Our unique and innovative approach does more than aggregate current emissions, it engages leaders to build confidence among a diverse set of actors that is necessary to spark enhanced collective climate action and squeeze out additional ambition at the national level."