American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
- Since the last progress report, 58 more presidents and chancellors have signed the ACUPCC for a total of 614 signatories committed to reducing their campuses' GHG emissions to net zero.
- More than 5 million students (30% of all in the country) now attend institutions that will become climate neutral. Signatories include community colleges, major research universities, private colleges and represent Ivy league schools, state university systems and all 50 states.
- More than 326 schools have submitted their Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories. They are available online here: http://acupcc.aashe.org/
- Second Nature and the College of the Atlantic along with a working group of experts completed an ACUPCC Voluntary Carbon Offset Protocol which will guide ACUPCC institutions and others through the process of evaluating and investing in the voluntary carb offset market. The Protocol is available online here: http://presidentsclimatecommitment.org/offsetprotocol.php.
- Since its launch, GreenCareers jobs have had more than 309,828 page views and 29,129 applies (not included in the page view count). The site itself has had more than 403,730 visitors since its launch in the Fall 2007.
- Monster is changing its corporate structure and in doing so will be shutting down MonsterTRAK.com. The changes are a result of the economy. Monster will now communicate with college students through its Monster Worlwide site and ecoAmerica will work with them to ensure that GreenCareers continues to have a home at Monster.com.
College Green Rating
- Since the previous progress report, the College Green Rating has launched. It was included in The Princeton Review's (TPR) 2008 publication of its flagship college guide, 'The 368 Best Colleges.'
- The ratings, which are a current relative comparison between responding schools on a scale of 60-99, also appear on The Princeton Review's highly trafficked website (http://www.princetonreview.com/green/aspx) and in two additional TPR books: 'Complete Book of Colleges' and 'Best Northeastern Colleges.' The Green Rating is prominently featured as the first bullet in each school profile, in the upper left corner in bold.
October 2006 - February 2007:
EcoAmerica successfully completed goals for Phase I:
- Wrote commitment documents and developed plans, a website and support materials
- Created a 'Leadership Circle' of 30 presidents who will become the public face and lead supporters of the program. The Leadership Circle currently consists presidents from a diverse group of schools, ranging from large state schools (Arizona State, University of Florida, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Tennessee), to the Ivy League (Penn) to small liberal arts schools (Oberlin, College of the Atlantic, Pitzer College) to community colleges (Los Angeles Community College, Lane Community College.)
- On February 28, the Presidents Climate Commitment reached its 100th signatory.
Following an announcement to the higher education community by the Leadership Circle in January 2007, personal and direct marketing solicitation efforts targeting all American college and university presidents will commence in preparation for a public launch in June 2007. The goal is to have 200 presidents signed on by that time. To achieve this, the 30+ members of the Leadership Circle will send a letter inviting all 4100 college and university presidents to join them in signing the Commitment on March 2nd. Proactive media outreach to presidents will support that recruitment effort.
Plans for the public rollout are ongoing, with a public launch and summit planned to take place June 11-12, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The ultimate goal of rollout phase is to generate a broad, continuous, higher education effort on climate change with at least 1,000 institutions taking part. Special attention will be given to the effective measures already being taken on campuses so that they can be promoted as models in their local communities.
First Milestone: University Presidents' Climate Agreement
June 1, 2007
- 340 of America's leading colleges and universities have joined the sector wide commitment to achieve climate neutrality, representing 3,000,000 students (17% of US undergraduates) in 46 states and Puerto Rico.
- Working with Princeton Review to develop a national green ranking of institutions, giving students resources to green their campuses themselves with the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment
- Working with Monster.com and Environmental Defense to launch GreenOpportunity in September 2007.
- Secured many new partnerships with NGOs (Campus Climate Challenge, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Second Nature, Environmental Defense, Energy Action Coalition, Trust for Public Land, The Campaign for Environmental Literacy, Sierra Club, and Earth Justice) corporations ( Monster.com, The Princeton Review, Aramark, Sasaki Associates, Sterling Planet) and foundations (Flora Family Foundation, Prentice Foundation, Bonwood Charitable Foundation, Educational Foundation of America, Renstrom-Perkowitz Charitable Trust).
- 80 American college & university presidents and chancellors, representing nearly 300 of their colleagues, traveled to Washington, DC on June 11/12 for the public signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.
- 293 institutions of higher education in America, representing approximately 15% of the total student population, have now formally committed their institutions to going climate neutral.
- Working on a three part program: (1) For students entering higher education: working with the Princeton Review to develop a national green ranking of institutions. (2) For students in school: green the campuses themselves with the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. (3) For students contemplating or actually starting their careers: working with Monster.com to launch GreenOpportunity in September 2007.
- 558 higher education institutions representing over 3.8 million students have committed to going climate neutral.
- Campus Green released the first ACUPCC Annual Report, which provides public accountability that is central to the success of the effort.
- The Presidents Climate Commitment Summit took place on June 5-6th, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI.