UMM President Attends Clinton Global Initiative University

Machias, Maine – Dr. Cynthia E. Huggins, from the University of Maine at Machias, was one of only two Maine college presidents who accepted invitations to attend the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) on February 13-15. Held this year at the University of Texas at Austin, CGI U is a yearly gathering of approximately 1,000 college students, university presidents, and youth leaders who come together to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Each CGI U attendee is required to make a “Commitment to Action” in one of four targeted areas: energy and climate change, human rights and peace, global health, or poverty alleviation. “Greening the O’Brien House,” UMM’s Commitment to Action, was featured on-stage at the CGI U as an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge.

The University’s commitment is a three-year initiative to transform the historic O’Brien House, which is the traditional residence of the president, into a demonstration model to educate students and community members about how to renovate an old home with practical, economical steps toward energy efficiency and sustainability. Furthermore, UMM commits to helping local community members apply these same energy-efficient renovation strategies to their own homes, by assisting in identifying funding sources and in-kind professional labor contributions, as well as coordinating volunteer work with its students, faculty, and staff.

“To be recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative University for our focus on the environmental liberal arts is an honor,” said Huggins. “Greening the O’Brien House is an initiative that will do great things for the community and our students.”

According to their Website, CGI U builds on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges. President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

To learn more about the Clinton Global Initiative University, visit

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