Presidents Climate Commitment
Members of the Kalamazoo College community take seriously our responsibility to lighten our environmental footprint. We officially expressed this responsibility with a commitment to sustainability.
In June 2007, President Wilson-Oyelaran signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, making Kalamazoo College the second Michigan college to sign the pledge to sharply reduce and eventually eliminate the College's emissions that contribute to climate change.
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Our commitment to carbon neutrality has led to various institutional developments and progress:
Kalamazoo College's ACUPCC Progress
- April: Progress report submitted documenting the GHG reductions achieved over the past four years as a result of the college's energy efficiency retrofit projects, energy efficiency building standard, and the efforts of staff and students.
- January: Kalamazoo College Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP) submitted to ACUPCC and Kalamazoo College community.
- November: Biennial Greenhouse Gas Audit conducted as required by AUCPCC. The audit was conducted for the two previous years (fiscal years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010) and found that the college had successfully reduced its emissions every year. The total reduction in annual emissions amounted to 1,420 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, representing a 10% decrease in only two years.
Carbon Neutrality Summary Data
As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Kalamazoo College conducted its 2008 greenhouse gas inventory using the fiscal year 2007-2008, which served as the baseline comparison for future years. Carbon equivalent emissions were calculated in the Clean Air – Cool Planet Microsoft Excel based calculator and will subsequently be determined by this method, unless otherwise noted.
As of June 30, 2010, the College has achieved a GHG emissions reduction of 10%, using the baseline fiscal year 2004-2005. We have made a commitment to reducing net GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and becoming carbon neutral (zero net emissions) by 2050.
Sustainability Advisory Councils
Climate Commitment Planning Committee
President Wilson-Oyelaran formed a group of faculty, staff and students to recommend actions the university needs to take to achieve its commitment of carbon neutrality.
Sustainability Task Force
The responsibility of the task force will be to make recommendations to the Board regarding our response to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and to develop a sustainability policy for the College (core values and operating principles) that will guide our future efforts in this important area.