In 2007, Plymouth State University (PSU) demonstrated its commitment to being a campus leader in sustainability by becoming a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As part of that commitment, the University developed a Climate Action Plan in January of 2010, pledging to reduce campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50% by 2025 and to make its operations greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. Such aggressive goals will not be achieved easily, and PSU will need to plan and implement projects far beyond business as usual operations in order to accommodate such reduction targets. Doing so is a complex process that requires extensive analyses and planning.
In 2013 we worked with Greener U to develop a Climate Action Implementation Plan, which provides tangible steps and timelines for achieving our sustainability goals. This implementation plan outlines next steps that need to be taken to keep PSU moving toward the climate change goals we have pledged to meet, and attempts to address the challenges to and resources needed for successful implementation. We are proud to share our carefully crafted plans to reduce our environmental impacts, and we look forward to working with our campus community as well as our many “off-campus” partners to achieve our goals.