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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT GREG WEISENSTEIN signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in October 2010, pledging the University to a series of actions that will ultimately reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero. In doing so we joined more than 600 institutions in expressing our deep concern about global warming. More importantly, we accepted the challenge to provide leadership in our own community by “modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.” Since 2010 we have completed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), completed a submission for STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) and will be including Sustainability as a major theme in the University’s next strategic plan. In March 2011, the President approved the formation of University-wide committee to “guide the development and implementation of the comprehensive plan” required by the ACUPCC, and the Climate Action Planning Team (CAPT) was instituted in September 2011 to develop the University’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) (Appendix A: CAPT membership). What follows is the Plan West Chester University has developed for becoming climate neutral, including efforts to make sustainability and climate change part of the educational experience of all WCU students. Much challenging work remains, but West Chester University is proud to join institutions of higher education in this important work.

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