Unity College announced on Tuesday that it would make climate change and countering climate change the central focus of its curriculum.
“Unity College’s focus is timely given the priority that President Barack Obama placed on the mitigation of global climate change during his second inaugural address,” the Maine college said in a news release. “Severe weather events from the devastating flooding in New York to record high temperatures across the globe have spiked public interest in the subject.”
The announcement gave few details, however, on how the new curricular focus would take shape at the college, or change what Unity already does.
With the rise of sustainability programs in higher education in recent years, the tiny college has garnered attention for its environmental programs. Unity made another splash recently when it announced it would drop its investments in fossil-fuel companies—one of few institutions to do so.