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Climate Commitment

Presidents' Climate Commitment

Smith has joined hundreds of other colleges and universities in signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). These signatories recognize that colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize emissions that contribute to climate change.

Addressing climate change will stabilize and reduce long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding and increase the support of alumnae and local communities.

All signatories are obliged to take the following steps in pursuit of climate neutrality:

  1. Develop of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible
  2. Within one year of signing the commitment, complete a comprehensive inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions (including emissions from electricity, heating, commuting, and air travel) and update the inventory every other year thereafter.

    Smith has performed two iterative greenhouse gas inventories, the first in 2005 and a second for 2007. These are now being updated annually.

  3. Within two years of signing, develop an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral.

    A Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAMP) is being developed to outline campus goals and projects.

  4. Make the action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available by providing them to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for posting and dissemination, available here.

For a more detailed description of the climate commitment requirements, visit the ACUPCC's Web site.