June 13, 2017

NDMU President Joins Leaders in Higher Education and U.S. Economy to Say “We Are Still In”

Notre Dame of Maryland University President Marylou Yam joins more than 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, colleges and universities from across the U.S. in signing the We are Still In letter. It is a pledge to support environmental sustainability and to ensure the United States remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

Those leaders participating signed the open letter in agreement to send a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change absent leadership at the federal level. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America’s emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

Signatories include leaders from 125 cities, nine states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy. In total the undersigned businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include more than 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft and Nike, in addition, hundreds of small businesses have also signed the statement.

The signers all understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States’ clean energy transition is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness. By declaring that “we are still in,” the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.

For complete text, please visit: We are Still In