Luther College has been selected to receive a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award, recognizing it as one of the nation's leading colleges and universities with regard to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus and integrating this goal with the college's educational mission.

Luther President Richard Torgerson will accept the award on behalf of the college at the Climate Leadership Award Ceremony June 21 in Washington, D.C.

"Luther College is honored to be recognized as one of a select group of educational institutions chosen for the Climate Leadership Award," said Torgerson. "We are pleased to have this affirmation of Luther's commitment to sustainability, both in the operation of our campus and its facilities, and in the education of our students.

"To be selected as one of the best of the best -- one of the top colleges from among the 20 finalists for the Climate Leadership Award -- is a great honor," Torgerson said. "All of these institutions are acknowledged national leaders in sustainability initiatives and achievements, and Luther is proud to be named as one of the leaders in the nation."

"Luther College was selected for the Climate Leadership Award primarily because of its success in integrating campus technology and the learning experience with environmental sustainability," said Anthony D. Cortese, president of Second Nature, the lead supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Committment.

Two award winners were selected from five categories; Luther was in the baccalaureate category. The Decorah college was the only one recognized in Iowa.

The award winners were selected by the Second Nature Board of Directors. Second Nature is the lead organization of the ACUPCC, a network of more than 675 higher education institutions in 50 states that have made a commitment to prepare young people to solve the climate crisis.

Torgerson was among the first college presidents to sign the ACUPCC pledge, an agreement among colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action. The ACUPCC is a growing network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions and to make sustainability a part of every student's learning experience.