Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our world. Ursinus is committed to fighting it, starting right here on campus.
In 2007, Ursinus signed on to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (APUCC). In doing so, we pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2060. We’re working on lowering our greenhouse gas emissions in order to lower our impact on the planet and live together in a more eco-friendly way. Check out our Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP) to read about how we’re planning on achieving our goal.
What is Carbon Neutrality?
Carbon is a greenhouse gas that, when produced in large amounts, contributes to climate change. Going “carbon-neutral” means that the carbon we generate from our operations as a college is offset by the carbon that we are removing from our environment. Activites that generate carbon include burning fossil fuels to operate buildings, transport food, or fly on airplanes. Offsetting carbon can be done in a variety of ways, such as lowering our demand, using sustainable energy sources, and planting trees. Check your own carbon footprint here!
How We’re Doing
Each year, our Energy Fellows do a Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which involves calculating how much carbon we generate through operating the College. This inventory, along with data and charts that break down the info, are available on our website for everyone.