Campus Initiatives

Presidents' Climate Commitment

Emmanuel College is a signatory of the American Colleges and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment striving to achieve climate neutrality.

In September 2010, Emmanuel College President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND committed to sharply reducing and eventually eliminating all of the College's net global warming emissions and accelerating the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. The pledge came with Sr. Janet's signing of the American College + University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), joining the leaders of more than 680 other institutions across the country.

"I am pleased to join college and university presidents from across the country in this important initiative," said Sr. Janet. "Emmanuel College has long been committed to supporting efforts to create a better world. The American College + University Presidents' Climate Commitment is a significant step towards that goal."

Sr. Janet will create a comprehensive institutional action plan to move towards climate neutrality. In the short term, Emmanuel has taken the following concrete actions:

1. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
In order to comply with this commitment, the Facilities Department purchases products that earn an ENERGY STAR rating and meet the ENERGY STAR specifications for energy efficiency. They will consult energystar.gov for complete product specifications and updated lists of qualifying products before any purchase is made. This new policy was implemented in December 2010 and appears in the Facilities policies and procedures guide.

2. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
Emmanuel College is committed to providing access to public transportation for its faculty, staff, and students and continuously looking for new ways to encourage further use. Going forward, we hope to promote the transportation benefits offered to employees through the College as well as MASCO. With risk-free trials and demonstration of cost savings, we hope to lower the number of parking passes. For students, we plan to advertise the discounted T pass available each semester as well as encourage carpooling among commuter students.

3. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
The College participated for the first time in the annual RecycleMania Tournament in 2011 and has continued to participate in 2012 and 2013. In addition to reporting waste and recycling numbers, Emmanuel identified a number of waste minimization practices already in place and promoted these to the College community. Learn more »

The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. The ACUPCC is lead by a Steering Committee comprised of more than 20 university and college presidents and is staffed and supported by Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit organization, with additional support provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


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