Committing to a more sustainable future
Case Western Reserve University is in the midst of developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan
(CAP) that will identify steps to reduce and – eventually – eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
generated by the university. The CAP, to be finalized in 2011, is the result of President Barbara R. Snyder' s
historic 2008 signing of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, a national
initiative of higher education leaders who believed that by working together, institutions could make a
major impact on climate change.
Developing a blueprint
The university has engaged expert consultants with experience creating Climate Action Plans for other leading-edge
institutions. These experts, in coordination with a university steering committee and interdisciplinary
working groups across campus, are examining ways to reduce the university' s carbon footprint to net zero
within a timeframe that will be identified in the final Climate Action Plan.
Keeping tabs on the process—UPDATE
The working groups that make up the Climate Action Plan team have been busy brainstorming ideas for the final plan. At last count, more than 150 concrete ideas have been logged. Take a look, and then weigh in with your own thoughts.
Making your voice heard
The university's CAP needs campuswide involvement and input to succeed. Individuals can make a
difference in a variety of ways, from assessing their personal carbon footprint to supporting the use of local
food in campus dining facilities to joining a CAP working group. Working groups will explore issues and
ideas that will lead to measurable changes in university practices and policies.