Chemeketa Community College will undertake a goal of reducing the college’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero after President Cheryl Roberts signed a commitment document.
Chemeketa joined 680 other colleges and universities as signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The commitment was signed April 15 during a Pizza & Politics event in the Student Center on the Salem campus.
“We believe this commitment is the best way to move our college sustainability policy into operations,” said Roberts, “because it gives us clear measures and a better structure for making progress. We have reasonable benchmarks and timeframes to work with, and we are already doing much of what the commitment calls for.”
“At Chemeketa, we make promises and commitments to the community,” Roberts added.
The commitment calls on the college to initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible, take an inventory of the college’s current greenhouse gas emissions and start tangible actions to reduce the college’s greenhouse gas emissions while the comprehensive plan is under development.
The comprehensive plan, which the college will have two years to complete, will include a target date for the college’s operations to be climate-neutral, make climate neutrality and sustainability part of the college’s curriculum, and put mechanism in place for tracking the college’s progress on goals and actions.
All of these documents and progress reports will be submitted to the ACUPCC, where they will be made publicly available.
More information on the ACUPCC can be found at presidentsclimatecommittment.org.