Striving to be Carbon Neutral by 2020

Dickinson is taking action on climate change. We are working to reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that warm the planet and change the Earth’s climate. We are educating ourselves, our students and our community about climate change, its causes, consequences and solutions. We are also engaging in international climate change research and action.

Dickinson is working to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), with an ambitious target of driving down our net emissions to zero by the year 2020.

There are two parts to our Climate Neutral by 2020 commitment:

  1. We will reduce by 25% from our 2008 level the GHG emissions that result from heating and cooling our buildings, purchasing electricity, commuting and other activities.
  2. We will take actions that help others to reduce their emissions by an amount that is equal to 75% of our 2008 emissions (offsets).

These efforts are part of our responsibilities as a Charter Signatory and member of the Leadership Circle of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As a signatory, we are committed to measuring and reporting our GHG emissions, creating and implementing a Climate Action Plan, reducing and offsetting GHG emissions to become climate neutral, and educating our students and community about climate change and sustainability. Our work in these areas earned Dickinson a national Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature.

We plan to reach our 25% emission reduction goal for 2020 through effective climate action planning in all facets of Dickinson College.