Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan, Putting good ideas to work for a carbon-neutral campus

The 2020 Climate Action Plan Update

In 2019 the President and Provost nominated a committee to work with the Office of Energy & Sustainability and a contracted engineering firm to evaluate progress since the 2011 Climate Action Plan and to recommend solutions for investment to help the University to reach the interim 2030 goal to reach 50% GHG emissions reduction. The resulting narrative can be found here.


The 2011 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, 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 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."  The Climate Action Plan is the guiding hand that drives sustainability at CWRU.  

View the plan and other related 2011 documents here:


CAP Model

CAP Model

Metric Briefs 2011

CAP Presentation 

2009 GHG Inventory Alignment 

The university's sustainability initiatives need campuswide involvement and input to succeed. The Climate Action Plan is a living document and will evolve as ideas and technology change. Offer your ideas or email