American Studies

Climate Action and Sustainability Planning

In 2007, President Michael S. Roth enthusiastically signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which committed Wesleyan to climate neutrality by 2050.   As part of this agreement, Wesleyan has:

  • Completed yearly greenhouse gas inventories since 2008. View a presentation of greenhouse gases and climate action planning to learn more about our progress.
  • The Sustainability Advisory Group (SAGES) published the first Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2010, and revised it in 2012 to indicate accomplishments. 
  • SAGES and the Sustainability Office have begun work on Wesleyan's first Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), which will expand on the existing CAP to include a greater focus on academics and social sustainability goals.  The SAP will include short-, mid-, and long-term goals and actions to move Wesleyan toward neutrality and create a more sustainable campus.  The Sustainability Office and SAGES held a February 21 workshop to brainstorm ideas for Wesleyan's first Sustainability Action Plan and will be working on a first draft throughout the spring.  Please click here to learn more or to get involved. 
  • In October 2013, Wesleyan received a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Silver rating, STARS, a product of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education), evaluates sustainability efforts and has been very influential in helping Wesleyan to set sustainability goals.    In Spring 2014, Wesleyan released its first STARS Report.