U Pennsylvania Schools Publish Climate Commitments

Announced at the U.N. COP27, each of the 12 schools of the university adopted climate commitments that spotlight courses and research in the school, while illuminating the industry outcomes as a result of emphasizing climate action.

Lewis & Clark College, Arizona State U & Chatham U Commit to Sustainable Retirement Plan

In mid-September, the Intentional Endowment Network's Sustainable Retirement Pledge was adopted by Arizona State University, the ASU Foundation, Chatham University, and Lewis & Clark College, which commits signatories to offering university employees a range of sustainable investing retirement fund options that consider ESG factors, while reducing risk, protecting capital and enhancing financial returns.

U Wisconsin Milwaukee Releases Climate Action Plan

The university's new Climate Action, Carbon and Resiliency Plan goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. To integrate teaching, learning experiences and research, the plan calls for the establishment of the Institute of Climate Resilience.

U Victoria Publishes Sustainability Plan

The university's new Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 2030 is comprised of an overall strategy and an associated action plan. The plan outlines commitments and actions by setting three integrated initiatives and three key targets, along with four themes to approach the work, such as considering how actions benefit the lands, water and communities of the area.

AASHE Announces the 2022 Sustainability Award Finalists

AASHE recently released the 28 finalists selected for this year’s Sustainability Awards. Selected from more than 430 submissions, the finalists represent high-impact sustainability projects, pioneering research, and student leadership. A ceremony will be held on Dec. 8 to announce the winners across all 12 categories.

U Pittsburgh Signs PPA for 20 MW Solar Farm

The new power purchase agreement secures for the university 100 percent of the electricity and renewable energy credits produced by a local 20 megawatt solar farm. The solar farm is expected to be operational in mid-2023.

Georgia Tech Unveils Sustainability Strategic Plan

Serving as an implementation roadmap for sustainability at the university over the next 10 years, the new Sustainability Next Plan features six key priorities–operations, education for sustainable development, sustainability research, culture and organization, climate solutions and campus as a living and learning lab. The university allocated $1.25 million in support of plan initiatives and is currently crafting a governance structure to ensure plan progress.

PLAN Releases Top 10 2022 Zero Waste Institutions

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) recently released its list of Top 10 Zero Waste Campuses in the U.S., as assessed by PLAN’s Atlas Zero Waste Certification Program. Atlas is a holistic assessment framework for measuring waste reduction on college and university campuses.

Princeton Review Releases 2023 Guide to Green Colleges

The Princeton Review recently released its 13th annual Guide to Green Colleges, profiling 455 universities and colleges with a commitment to sustainability. Of the 455 schools selected for the 2023 edition, 421 are in the U.S., 26 are in Canada, two are in Taiwan and one (each) is in Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and Morocco.