As part of Lesley University’s goal to reach climate neutrality by 2040, an additional goal has been set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030.
In 2007, President Margaret McKenna signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as part of a university-wide effort to increase awareness of climate change.
The ACUPCC acts as a major driver for sustainability at many colleges and universities in the US, and is a major influence for Lesley University’s sustainability imitative. The commitment addresses greenhouse gas emission reduction, sustainability in academics, community engagement, and operational policies in regards to sustainability.
As signatories of the ACUPCC, we set several interim goals, the most stringent being to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030. Despite a 33% increase in campus square footage, the university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 35%, achieving our interim goal just seven years after becoming an ACUPCC signatory.
Green Office Certification
Sustainability Academic Courses
Composting, Recycling, and E-Waste
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use
Lesley University Sustainability