European Union climate delegation visits campus | CU Boulder today

Chancellor Philip DiStefano welcomed a delegation of energy, climate, environmental and science advisers representing the European Union to CU Boulder on May 25 as part of the group’s state tour.

The Chancellor highlighted the university’s legacy in climate and environmental research and innovation, and commitment to sustainability. He also acknowledged that we can all do more.

“There is still more we can do to improve our own community, foster positive change among our colleagues, and influence public policy,” DiStefano said. “It is my firm belief that we will not make adequate progress in addressing the climate crisis unless we all work together, across geographic boundaries, racial and ethnic boundaries, political boundaries and so many other lines that divide us.”

The Chancellor highlighted the university that houses the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit in partnership with United Nations Human Rights, Jan. 1-4 December, and invited the delegation to attend the event.

Mercedes Garcia Perez, leader of the EU Learning Mission’s three-day delegation to Colorado, discussed the EU’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 and the urgency of becoming energy independent from Russia. Garcia Perez also stressed that and the EU’s common goals to combat climate change.

The delegation also heard from CU climate researchers and executives from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES); the National Snow and Ice Data Center; the Colorado Law School; as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioner.


As a global leader in climate, environmental, and energy research, the University of Colorado Boulder is partnering with the United Nations Human Rights Center to co-host Right here, now Global Climate Summit in autumn 2022.

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