verb 1. pledge or dedicate to a course, policy, or use. 2. resolve to remain in a long-term emotional relationship.
As universities and colleges move toward sustainability, making a commitment is the very first step towards achieving that strategic goal. Once the vision and fortitude to reach a climate neutral status is in place it will work as the driving force for all of the campus’s actions. This dedication to the overall commitment will be a constant reminder to strive for the end result. Having a solid commitment will also ensure that next steps – plan, act and report – have a unified purposed as institutions of higher learning move towards climate neutrality.
Higher Education's True Role
Anthony D. Cortese, Sc.D.
Higher education leaders, especially the 645 college and university presidents in fifty states who are signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), recognize that education for and practicing how to achieve a healthy, just, and ...
First Climate -A Global leader in Carbon Asset Management
Why Policy Change?
Colleges and universities that are developing and implementing climate action plans are blazing trails through new, unexplored territory. Their discoveries, successes, lessons learned and false starts in finding and implementing more sustainable solutions will help other sectors of society meet t...
The Sustainable Campus as a Learning Lab
It’s both rewarding and inspiring to observe all of the renewed interest in sustainability, especially in higher education. However, given the scope of environmental and economic challenges, it’s crucial that we reiterate our commitment to sustainable approaches as a comprehensive edu...
Bentley Results From Asset Management Solution
Case Study Sponsored by Infor EAM
Located near Boston, MA, Bentley University is dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader—one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required in an ever-changing world. To accomplish this mission, Bentley offers a uniqu...
Hunter Lovins, Ben Horowitz
Higher education is failing in duty to its stakeholders and to society. Even universities pledged under the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to make their campuses climate neutral and integrate sustain- ability education into their curriculum have a lo...
Redefining Higher Education For Now
David W. Orr
The first institutions of higher education in the U.S. were modeled on English universities, but stressed theological education. Thomas Jefferson’s plan for the University of Virginia broke from that pattern, instead aiming toward secular learning in service of his vision of...
Coeur D'Alene Eliminates Energy Waste
Case Study Sponsored by Faronics
Located in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Coeur D’Alene School District is responsible for educating slightly more than 100,000 students with 1,300 staff members. The district has about 4,000 workstations running Microsoft Windows XP—3,500 desktop computers and 500 laptops. A small num...
Making the Business Case for Sustainability on Campus
James J. Dixon, Michael Perna
Nearly every college and university leader is aware of the reasons to make sustainability a priority on their campus. Additionally, students, faculty, and trustees are often interested in knowing what initiatives a campus is undertaking to lessen its environmental impact. ...
Chartwells shows colleges and universities that sustainable design doesn't have to be expensive design.
Case Study Sponsored by Chartwells
Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services is on a mission to make sustainable development common practice on college campuses. “There’s a belief that building green means higher costs. That’s nonsense!” says Karl Behrens, COO of Novus Group, a division of...