In 2008, Xavier president Michael J. Graham, S.J., signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a promise to strive to become climate neutral. Over 650 universities have pledged their commitment, which requires the development and execution of a Climate Action Plan to address sustainability on-campus.
Xavier's Climate Action Plan for sustainability has been submitted to the ACUPCC. It contains the following sections:
- Executive Summary
- Introduction and History
- Energy and Infrastructure
- Academics and Student Life
- Community Engagement and Communications
- Assessment and Evaluation
The plan can be accessed by visiting the ACUPCC website via the following links:
A Sustainable Future
In March 2008, Xavier University created the Sustainability Committee in response to the requirements of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The group, which represents a cross-section of the campus community, was charged with the long-term goal of developing a comprehensive plan for achieving climate neutrality and the short-term goal of initiating tangible actions to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
The target date for the first plan was spring 2010. At campus feedback sessions held in 2009, ideas and wishes were gathered from all constituents. The Climate Action Plan was created and submitted to ACUPCC in 2010. A revised plan, with the next generation of information and ideas, is due in January 2013.
Help Shape the Future of Xavier
The Sustainability Committee is actively seeking ideas and suggestions from the campus community. We are working to reduce energy use, reduce transportation costs, increase green space, steward water and organic materials, and to make our purchasing and maintenance practices more sustainable.
What do you wish could be done on Campus? Do you have any ideas to save resources - both natural and financial - and make our campus more equitable?
To share an idea, contact the Sustainability Committee at any time. You are cordially invited to come to a meeting, pitch your idea and help make it happen. We appreciate the rich experience and intelligence of the campus community.
Contact Ann Dougherty, Sustainability Coordinator for more information via email or 513-745-1938.