In January 2007, UNC-Chapel Hill became an early signatory of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This national initiative calls on signatory institutions to exercise leadership by working toward carbon neutrality.

American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)As specified in the ACUPCC, UNC-Chapel Hill has conducted comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventories every year beginning in 2007 and is implementing its climate action plan which is designed to reduce emissions. UNC-Chapel Hill has also adopted several of the tangible actions specified in the ACUPCC by establishing a policy that all new campus construction be built to at least the US Green Building Council’s LEED silver standard or equivalent; adopting an energy efficient purchasing policy requiring purchase of Energy Star certified products in all areas for which Energy Star ratings exist; and encouraging the use of and providing access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  Ultimately, UNC-Chapel Hill has pledged to be a carbon neutral institution by 2050.

The ACUPCC requires regular reports from all its signatories. You can view information on over 600 other campuses and how each is planning to attain their carbon goals on the ACUPCC Reporting page.

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