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FGCU is One of 10 Institutions to Receive Prestigious Climate Leadership Award Recognized for innovations and leadership in sustainability

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) was selected as one of 10 academic institutions to receive the prestigious Third Annual Climate Leadership Award by Second Nature and the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Second Nature is the lead supporting organization of the ACUPCC, an agreement between nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action. All winners will be recognized in an award ceremony with their peer institutions at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in Washington, DC on June 21 and 22.

These awards are presented to ACUPCC signatory schools that demonstrate unparalleled campus innovation and climate leadership that helps transition society to a clean, just and sustainable future.

"This recognition for our commitment to the environment and our innovative approach to sustainable practices is truly an honor," said FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw. "The Climate Leadership Award recognizes the work of the entire FGCU community as, together, we strive to be good role models and stewards of the environment."

The winners were among 20 finalists chosen by Second Nature's board. The 10 recipients represent the diversity of institutions of higher education and are located throughout the United States.

The 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award Winners are: Doctorate Granting University, Arizona State University and University of South Florida; Baccalaureate College, Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and Luther College in Iowa; Associate/Tribal College, Austin Community College District in Texas and Haywood Community College in North Carolina; Master's Colleges and University, Florida Gulf Coast University and University of Central Missouri; Special Focus Institutions/Other, Pratt Institute and PALS (New York), and University of California System.

"These institutions are leading the way for the academic community by demonstrating how sustainable practices can be put into place on campuses that have a long-term impact on creating a sustainable society for the benefit of all," said Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, president of Second Nature. "They have all shown tremendous creativity and an unrelenting commitment to integrate sustainable practices into their campuses and society as a whole."

To learn more about Second Nature, go to; to learn more about the ACUPCC go to

For more information, contact Kathleen Crawford at (239) 590-1507.

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