Climate Change Commitment
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is an effort to address global warming through engaging the higher education community to commitment to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions.
Brandeis became a charter signatory of the commitment as a strong statement that Climate Change is a crisis that threatens society's very viability. University President Jehuda Reinharz signed the ACUPCC on September 15, 2007. Presidents signing the commitment are pledging to become climate neutral and eliminate their campuses’ greenhouse gas emissions over time, mostly by large scale energy use reductions. This involves:
- Completing an emissions inventory: 2005-2007 inventory
- Within two years, setting a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral: Climate Action Plan was released Sept. 15 2009
- Taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions: Brandeis actions
- Integrating sustainability into the curriculum and making it part of the educational experience: Greening Class is an example
- Making the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.
Read the text of the ACUPCC and learn more.