Using an Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Climate Commitment To Drive Sustainability Initiatives at Eckerd College, Florida

Bollier, Evan; Ormsby, Alison
April 2013
Sustainability: The Journal of Record;Apr2013, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p115
In 2007, the president of Eckerd College signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging that the institution would go "carbon neutral." An annual inventory has measured campus-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CACP) campus carbon calculator. The college calculates annual campus emissions to help promote conservation through various sustainability initiatives. In 2009, Eckerd developed its first action plan to achieve carbon neutrality, with numerous projects identified as short-, medium-, and long-term goals. Since then, several of the proposed goals have been completed. In this article, a summary of the college's GHG inventory is presented, Eckerd College is compared to similar institutions, and future campus sustainability initiatives that are part of the action plan are discussed.


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