In September 2007, American Public University System (APUS) signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as a charter signatory.
There are now more than 600 signatories to the commitment. Each institution is required to complete and submit a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory within one year of signing the commitment (click here to view APUS’ GHG Emissions Inventory) and within two years of signing, signatories are required to complete and submit a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is a statement of measures the university has already taken and measures it intends to undertake to address and mitigate its GHG emissions and carbon footprint.
Aside from these specific requirements, there are several others which are more flexible, allowing schools to be creative in how they implement them. One is that of public engagement and education. Most recently, APUS’ Sustainability Committee established a blog that will help provide some public outreach and education on issues related to sustainability. In general, the blog is intended to create an engaging and meaningful dialogue about the topics.
To join the discussion, visit the site at http://apus-sustainability.com/.
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