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The Centre College Climate Action Plan is available in three formats:

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

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. 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. 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. Promotion of waste minimization throughout campus: Specific activities will depend upon technical and economic opportunities and currently include: vigorous recycling collection program in all major buildings; participation in the RecycleMania competition; encouraging use of re-useable drink containers by providing re-useable mugs to students and price discounts in café and grill.

4. Sustainable energy sources: Centre College now supplies more than 15 percent of its electricity via sustainable sources, including the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station on the Kentucky River. Click here for more.

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. Click here for GHG Inventory for 2008, 2009, and 2010 (PDF).

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