ACUPCCAmerican College University Presidents Climate Commitment
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The decision to sign the ACUPCC agreement has been analyzed elsewhere (Stafford 2011).
As the ACUPCC continues to drive the integration of sustainability studies in the curriculum, creating librarian positions that designate sustainability studies as an area of responsibility becomes imperative.
With the help of Johnson Controls, our commitment to ACUPCC and the Clinton Climate Initiative, we can serve as a responsible role model to other colleges, nationwide.
We are honored to be recognized by ACUPCC for our ongoing efforts to promote a more sustainable future for our students, our communities and our country," said Boston.
The ACUPCC is seeking 1,000 commitments by December 2009 from the 4,000-plus institutions of higher learning in the United States.
The ACUPCC has received commitments from 400 colleges and universities to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce emissions that cause global warming.
Forty ACUPCC institutions across the nation have installed at least one OptiNet demand control ventilation (DCV) system, and this number is expected to increase with another 15% in growth of customers on the ACUPCC signatories list by the end of 2012.
Of the 388 institutions that signed on in 2007, the inaugural year, about 89 percent have conducted and submitted greenhouse gas inventories, says Toni Nelson, the ACUPCC program director at Second Nature.
AASHE hosts the climate action reporting tool for the ACUPCC.
By joining ACUPCC, college and university presidents and chancellors commit their institutions to completing a biannual emissions inventory, taking immediate steps to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by selecting from a list of short-term actions, setting interim milestones and a target date for becoming climate neutral, making sustainability part of the educational experience (by integrating it into the curriculum), and making their climate action plan, GHG inventories, and progress reports publically available.
Even after signing onto the ACUPCC, however, it was hard to move projects forward, according to John Wear, director of the Center for the Environment:
In November, the ACUPCC announced a partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative that will give signers access to extra funding and better pricing.