Commencement address December 2015
“We only want you to be happy……”
– Your parents
Rarely have I accurately predicted what would make me happy. Ironically, happiness often seems to be an unintended consequence of my inability to get what I want.
“The purpose of life is not happiness but worthiness.”
– Felix Adler
But, worthy for what? Who determines what is worthy? Continue reading “Twelve lessons I wish I had learned in college”
We are out of time. Our collective action or inaction within the next decade or so will determine the fate of civilization. Climate change presently driven by historic emissions from burning fossil fuels will affect everything about the lives of the current generation of students in college. It will determine what they eat, where they work, how they get to work, where they can live, the kinds of careers available, and most of all, their quality of life. Failure to significantly curtail emissions will result in an estimated 4-6˚C global average temperature rise by 2100 and unthinkable consequences for civilization. Because environmental change will be the dominant theme of the coming decades, I believe that this century will come to be known as the Environmental Century. This is a watershed moment for our species. Continue reading “The president’s message for the Unity College magazine”
I am proud to say that earlier today the Unity College Board of Trustees voted to divest the College endowment from fossil fuels. The following editorial is my statement to the public about this important step. Continue reading “Unity College Board of Trustees votes to divest from fossil fuels”
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is holding its annual meeting in the City of Angels this week. Jesse Pyles and I flew out to represent Unity College, and to network with principals from other institutions that share the goal of bringing sustainability to higher education. Without too much hubris, I believe that Jesse and I make a good team. He brings an understanding of state of the art operational sustainability, while I am an advocate for the integration of Sustainability Science throughout the curriculum. Jesse’s workshop for other sustainability coordinators was well attended and a smashing success. You may not know it, but Jesse is a rockstar among his peers.
In contrast, it seems that I have a steeper hill to climb. Continue reading “Report from the sustainability meetings in LA: Why sustainability is THE mission”
From Stephen Mulkey, PhD, president, Unity College
It seems to be unusual for a college president to step into what appears to be a political event such as the Tar Sands Action that will take place on 6 November. Indeed, some of my colleagues at other institutions think that I must be quite mad to join the group that will circle the White House. As president of Unity College, a liberal arts institution with an environmental mission and a history of activism, it is not only appropriate, but also quite necessary for me to make my voice heard. Continue reading “A time for courage and action”