American Studies

Climate Action and Sustainability Planning

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

  • Completed yearly greenhouse gas inventories since 2008. 
  • 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 are currently developing Wesleyan's first Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), which will expand on the existing CAP to include a greater focus on academics and social sustainability.  The SAP will include goals, objectives, and short-, mid-, and long-term strategies to move Wesleyan toward neutrality and create a more sustainable campus.  The Sustainability Office and SAGES held a workshop in February 2014 to brainstorm ideas for Wesleyan's SAP and will be releasing the SAP in Fall 2015.
  • 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.

Check out the College Sustainability Map, which compares greenhouse gas inventory information from Wesleyan and all other ACUPCC signatory schools.