In 2007, more than 650 colleges and universities committed to reducing carbon emissions through the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Earlier this week, 45 of those institutions took this pledge one step further by committing to incorporate new climate resilience initiatives to address the long-term impact of climate change.
A number of university presidents inaugurated the new pledge with a signing ceremony Oct. 5 at Agnes Scott College (GA), one of the institutions that committed to promoting sustainability both on campus and in its community.
As a consequence, Agnes Scott will work to strengthen its partnerships on climate change issues with cities like Atlanta and Decatur, including sharing an energy planner with its home city, Decatur.
The college also will adapt its sustainability curriculum to incorporate courses that “address the region’s response to climate change and the impact of changing weather patterns.”
Since Agnes Scott joined the commitment in 2007, the college already is on its way to becoming carbon-neutral by 2037, registering a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions.