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Plan for a carbon-neutral campus

On May 15, 2011 Case Western Reserve University submitted its Climate Action Plan as part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a national initiative of higher education leaders working together to impact climate change. President Barbara R. Snyder signed the commitment in 2008, in which she pledged to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce the university's carbon footprint to net zero within 40 years.

"To say this goal is ambitious represents the height of understatement," Snyder wrote in the opening letter of the Climate Action Plan. "But this institution will not embrace anything less."

View the CA{ online at the ACUPCC website or download it here.

To review CWRU's latest greenhouse gas inventory click here.

Do good, see good, do better

Case Western Reserve UniversityThe university's sustainability initiatives need 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.
The Climate Action Plan is a living document and will evolve as ideas and technology change. Offer your ideas on our discussion board or email

Sustainability info

Case Western Reserve University - CWRU submitted our first CAP report to the ACUPCC May 2013, view it here.
- Subscribe to the Office for Sustainability e-newsletter by emailing, view archives here.
- The national Recyclemania competition is every Feb - March. Click here, help the University compete.

Sustainability resources

View the plan

    Download a PDF
    of CWRU's plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Consider our natural resources and think twice before printing the pdf.