College and university presidents as well as system chancellors responded quickly to President Trump’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. By Monday afternoon, about 180 had signed a pledge to remain committed to the goals laid out in the agreement, which was signed in 2015 by representatives of nearly 200 nations.
The higher-education leaders who signed are at both public and private institutions across the country. Among the signers of the pledge, called “We Are Still In,” were the presidents of Columbia, Northeastern, and Michigan State Universities; the presidents of Amherst, Oberlin, and Williams Colleges; and the chancellors of the City University of New York and the California State University system. They joined many business leaders, mayors, and governors in agreeing to continue to work to ensure the United States meets targets for emissions reduction. The former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is organizing the effort.
HBCUs included in this list are Spelman College, Bowie State University and Coppin State University.