Glasser's Western Michigan University finalist for 2014 Climate Leadership Award
The Climate Leadership Award program features a public, online voting component. Each of the 20 finalists was invited to produce a video that promotes its specific sustainability efforts. Voting opens Tuesday, April 1, with the videos available for viewing and voting on the Planet Forward website at planetforward.org/content/climate-leadership-awards-2014 and continuing for the first two weeks of April, which is Earth Month. People can vote once daily between April 1-15. Approximately 50,000 votes were cast during last year's voting.
The WMU video highlights both the University's long-time strengths in energy savings as well as its commitment to building a culture of sustainability by weaving the institution's commitment to green and sustainable practices into every part of University life. Featured in the video are a number of scenes highlighting campus initiatives as well as interviews with Dunn; Dr. Harold Glasser, executive director for campus sustainability; graduate student Kate Binder; and undergraduate student Carlos Daniels.
The video describes WMU sustainability efforts that date back more than 30 years, predating those of many other schools that have more recently embraced the need for both basic green tenets and the need for systemic change.