Berkeley College Continues Steps Toward Becoming Carbon Neutral

Berkeley College has released its Carbon Neutrality Action Plan, which includes a time frame and actions to help the school become a carbon neutral institution by 2050. The Carbon Neutrality Action Plan was developed in response to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which was signed by Berkeley College President Dr. Dario A. Cortes in July 2009.

The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment calls for Berkeley College to

  • create institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of a plan to become carbon neutral
  • complete a comprehensive inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions
  • initiate interim actions to reduce greenhouse gases while developing the comprehensive plan.

The Project GreenPath Committee completed Berkeley's initial Greenhouse Gas Report that measures the College's carbon footprint. This report provides baseline measurements which will be used to assess the College's progress in reducing carbon emissions.

In addition, the Project GreenPath Committee initiated two tangible actions to begin the work of moving toward climate neutrality while in the process of preparing the climate action plan. The first action was to adopt an Energy Star Procurement Policy. This policy requires the purchase of Energy Star certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist wherever practical. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to promote cost savings and protection of the environment through energy efficient products and practices. More information about the Energy Star program is available at www.energystar.gov.

The second tangible action involves increasing awareness of the need for waste reduction and improving participation in recycling. Berkeley College locations have participated in the annual RecycleMania tournament, an international college recycling and waste reduction competition. The RecycleMania 2013 competition is scheduled to run February 3-March 30, 2013.

The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment recently released data quantifying the environmental impact of member schools. For more information about the Climate Commitment reports, please visit the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment website.

Signatory of American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment