President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Committee

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Centre College is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The institution is committed to reporting its carbon emissions levels annually and to achieving zero emissions by the year 2040.

The Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee appointed each year by President Roush to advance the College’s pursuit of climate neutrality, coordinate Centre’s participation in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and advise the President on matters relating to sustainability and environmental concerns. All meetings are always open to visitors. The committee is appointed annually.

Centre College Climate Action Plan

(a) The complete document
(b) The narrative portion pages 0-26
(c) The appendices and references, pages 27-45

In early 2007, Centre President John A. Roush became a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). By making this public commitment, Centre has agreed to:

• Complete a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory.
• Set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
• Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and educational experience.
• Make the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

Tangible Goals

1. Emphasize the need for energy conservation in all new construction: All new buildings and major renovations will be designed and built using LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards or equivalent. Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be pursued as appropriate.

2. Adopt an E.P.A. Energy Star© purchasing policy: Energy consumption and life cycle costs will be considered in purchases of all equipment and appliances. The intention will be to purchase E.P.A. Energy Star© products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

3. Promote waste minimization throughout campus: Support activities such as a vigorous recycling collection program in all major buildings; the College’s participation in the RecycleMania competition; encourage the use of re-useable drink containers.

4. Pursue sustainable energy sources: Continue the search for and support of purchasing electricity from sustainable sources, including the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station on the Kentucky River.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories

This inventory, as required by the ACUPCC, is publicly available online here.

The GHG inventory from 2007-08 is the data foundation upon which Centre has created its ACUPCC action plan goals.

2010 GHG Inventory

2013 GHG Inventory

Ultimate goal: Climate neutrality by 2040

2020: Reduction of GHG emissions by 25% from 2007-08 levels
2030: Reduction of GHG emissions by 50% from 2007-08 levels
2040: Climate neutrality

Committee Members for 2015-2016

Committee members for the coming year will be appointed in August 2015

Annual Reports of Advisory Committee