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Opinion: Trustees should support sustainability

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The Board of Trustees will determine whether or not to pass the divestment initiative on Thursday.

Thursday, the Board of Trustees has an opportunity to change the landscape of higher education in the state of Nebraska. The divestment initiative sitting in the Finance Committee, if passed, would be the first of its kind in the state of Nebraska, setting Doane apart from other schools in the GPAC.

Doane would become a learning ground for new policy initiatives for students who wish to pursue the field of public policy and climate change.

The Climate Reality Project Campus Corps Doane University is asking the Board of Trustees to commit to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 by creating a sustainability action plan. Again, this would be an unprecedented move by the Board and the first of any institution in Nebraska to move on an action like this.

If Doane wishes to be competitive in the future, it is necessary to fundamentally change the role of higher learning institutions by accepting the moral call to mitigate the climate crisis.

As the first Campus Corps group in the state of Nebraska, opportunities are ripe to achieve a number of “firsts” in the state being impacted by climate change.

The recent flood events should be evidence enough that actions are needed to solve the crisis. Doane stands at the frontline and should be prepared to take those steps to be the first in the state to follow through with these actions; the Board of Trustees must act.