If your president is not already interested in signing the Talloires Declaration, the following
action steps are recommended:
1. Propose to an existing "Green Campus Committee" or "Sustainability
Task Force" that it officially pursues this goal. Otherwise,
you should organize your own Talloires Declaration (TD) campus
committee that includes individuals from at least three of the
following constituencies: students, faculty, administration,
and staff. (This indicates to the president and others a real
2. Committee members should meet and strategize regarding the TD.
3. Students should organize a petition drive urging the president to sign. (When arguing for becoming a
signatory, it is important to make a connection between the existing mission of your institution and those
values and actions in the TD.)
4. Students and faculty should write articles in support of the initiative for campus publications.
[steps 2, 3, and 4 involve building a culture of support]
5. Committee members should meet and work with key administrators other than the president to bring support
to the effort.
6. Committee members should meet with the president to present the argument for signing. (At a minimum,
the president will need to see a critical mass of support for signing the TD.)
Once your president has agreed to sign the Talloires Declaration,
the process of becoming an official signatory institution is simple.
All we need from you is a signed copy of the Signatory Form.
We will then add your institution to the official list. Send the
signed Signatory Form to: ULSF, 45 Forty Acres Dr. Wayland, MA, 01778.
We strongly recommend that you organize a public event for the
signing of the Talloires Declaration, especially because it alerts
the campus community to this new institutional commitment to sustainability.
It is always helpful to have the event publicized in a campus
newsletter or magazine.