Ithaca College has made a number of commitments at the institution level to ensure that our graduates are prepared with the persistence, knowledge, and innovation required to deal with today's climate and social challenges.
AMERICAN COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS' CLIMATE COMMITMENT
In 2007, then-President Peggy R. Williams signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) on behalf of Ithaca College. The ACUPCC is a joint effort between the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), ecoAmerica, Second Nature, and presidents in higher education to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions. When signing the commitment, President Williams pledged Ithaca College would initiate the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve complete greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, create institutional structures that will help guide the development of that plan, and complete a comprehensive inventory of all GHG emissions.
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
In the fall of 2009, the Board of Trustees approved the Ithaca College Climate Action Plan - a comprehensive proposal for the College to reach climate neutrality. It established our goal of 2050 and serves as a framework for organization and benchmarking tools today. The Plan calls for transparency in development and implementation and requires frequent progress reports. In 2017, a Climate Action Plan Reassessment Team was formed to evaluate progress made from 2009 to present. In 2019, the Team completed the new Energy Roadmap to help accelerate campus carbon reductions.
Building off of the 2009 Climate Action Plan, the Energy Roadmap helps to provide an updated guide of potential actions to guide energy and greenhouse gas reduction actions.
The 2015 Master Plan represents an outline to the next chapter to be written in the story of Ithaca College. This Plan supported by Perkins Eastman Architects engaged a Master Planning Committee consisting of faculty, students and staff from IC in this planning process.
NYSERDA Clean Green Campuses Initiative
Ithaca College is committed to participation with the New York State Energy Research & Development Agency's (NYSERDA) Clean Green Campuses initiative. This initiative is a membership network of two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities in New York State exploring ways to lower carbon emissions and contribute to a just energy transition on their campuses and surrounding communities.
SECOND NATURE CARBON COMMITMENT
Ithaca College has been a member of Second Nature since 2007. Colleges that sign the Commitment recognize the speed with which impacts of climate change are being experienced, and have committed their institutions to climate neutrality.