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National sustainability pledge to highlight Earth Day celebration

Doane College is ready to join a national coalition of colleges in making sustainability efforts a part of its very livelihood.

Doane President Jacque Carter will sign the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) on April 22 as the centerpiece of the college’s Earth Day celebration, which is free and open to the public. Dr. Carter will put pen to paper at a 12:30 p.m. outdoor ceremony in Cassel Open Air Theatre at the School of Arts and Sciences campus in Crete. Guests include Nebraska Sen. Ken Haar and conservation photographer Michael Forsberg.

The commitment officially puts Doane among nearly 700 colleges nationwide and one of the first in Nebraska to make the pledge. The document will help guide the college’s ongoing sustainability efforts, which were made part of the college’s Strategic Plan established two years ago. That starts with determining the college’s carbon footprint to holding a standard for all new campus buildings to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the US Green Building Council.

Nebraska state poet Twyla Hansen will have a special reading during the college’s rededication of Poets' Grove, established on Arbor Day 1884, at 2 p.m. A tree planting will commemorate the addition of two new poets – Sappho and Walt Whitman – to the grove.

Booths with information about Doane’s sustainability efforts will be open in Cassel Open Air Theatre 11 a.m.-1 p.m.