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11 July 2016

Why Building Diversity in the Earth and Space Sciences Matters

By Margaret Leinen, President, American Geophysical Union and Eric Davidson, President-elect, American Geophysical Union As an organization, AGU’s mission is to “promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.” Humanity is without boundaries. Humanity is inclusive. Humanity represents us all. We cannot live up to all that our mission promises if the Earth and space science community is not representative of humanity. Whether it’s race, gender, …

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29 June 2016

Challenge Yourself and Make a Commitment to Sustainability

Bicyclists riding down the street during a Climate Ride event

In September 2014, I had the pleasure of participating in the final 3 miles of the 2014 Climate Ride NYC-DC and from that experience was introduced to Climate Ride. I was inspired to participate in the 2015 Climate Ride from Bar Harbor, Maine to Boston. I made the decision to participate last year for a few reasons: I wanted to showcase that there are alternatives to fossil-fuel based transportation, I wanted …

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7 June 2016

Major Milestone Achieved in Path to AGU Headquarters Renovation Approval

architectural rendering of the proposed renovations to AGU's headquarters building, including a new pv array on the roof

Earlier this Spring I shared a progress report on our plans to renovate AGU’s headquarters, with the goal of having the building become a living representation of our mission and the sciences we represent, celebrate and help to advance. I’m pleased to let you know that in late May we took a significant step forward when the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) of the District of Columbia unanimously supported our …

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26 May 2016

AGU’s History with ExxonMobil: Relevant Facts

EDITOR’S UPDATE (27 MAY 2016): We received an additional question about funding from the oil and gas industry and have added that question and answer below. Q: How much financial support have oil companies given to AGU? A: AGU has received less than $700,000 in donations from oil companies. Over the same 2001-2015 period of ExxonMobil’s $620,000 in contributions, AGU received a cumulative total of $75,000 from Chevron, BP, and Shell. …

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10 May 2016

UPDATE: AGU Board Votes to Continue Relationship with ExxonMobil

Late last Friday afternoon, we received a letter and supporting information from Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lieu (D-Cal), asking the AGU Board to reconsider its recent decision to maintain a relationship with ExxonMobil. Earlier this year, I informed you about a letter AGU had received from a group of members and other scientists calling for us to sever our relationship with ExxonMobil (which has sponsored the student breakfast at the …

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14 April 2016

AGU Board Votes to Continue Relationship with ExxonMobil and to Accept Sponsorship Support

As you know from my previous messages, the question of AGU’s relationship with ExxonMobil (and our relationship with the larger oil and gas industry) has been a topic of great discussion for the last few months. When the most recent request to end ExxonMobil sponsorship and address questions about how our community should respond to the urgency of climate change was received in February, in the form of a letter …

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28 March 2016

AGU’s Mission and Science Drive Recently Approved Conceptual Design for Headquarters Renovation

From ocean sciences and geology to seismology and planetary sciences, when our headquarters building was designed in the early 90s every effort was made to have the structure be representative of the broad array of sciences comprised by AGU’s membership. More than 20 years later, with that building’s critical infrastructure reaching the end of its useful life and a renovation becoming necessary, the Board realized that they had a choice …

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17 March 2016

UPDATE: Exxon, AGU, and Corporate Support

I would like to update you on some of the feedback and information we have received since my last post, including a discussion that took place at last week’s Council meeting. I also want to tell you about the plan for the upcoming Board meeting, where this issue will be discussed. In addition to comments on the post itself, over the past three weeks we have received more than 100 …

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AGU Council Meeting Summary

By Jenny Riker, Geology Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol; AGU Council Member Last week, AGU’s Council had its first meeting of 2016. A member of the Council Leadership Team is asked to share reflections at the close of each meeting. We are now past the midpoint of our two-year terms, and with tangible momentum, we dove into a substantial agenda covering everything from emerging science to key AGU activities to …

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21 February 2016

Exxon, AGU, and Corporate Support

UPDATE (22 February 2016): As you may have seen in recent news articles, this morning, a letter signed by 100 scientists, both members and non-members, was delivered to AGU. The letter calls on AGU to sever ties with ExxonMobil. First and foremost, we welcome these questions and requests from our members and others in the scientific community and look forward to engaging with them on these issues. AGU is an organization …

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