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Denison University strives to be an exemplary steward of our natural world and a leader in sustainability. We take an intentionally multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability that balances environmental, economic and social responsibility. We believe that our approach to sustainability will support the well being of the college and the global community beyond. Our commitment to sustainability runs deep. Academic research, strategic investments in infrastructure and human resources, student-centered programming, plus community partnerships are central to our efforts. Whether in the classroom, the Licking County community or a country halfway around the globe, Denison students, staff and faculty lead by example. Together, we share a vision of a healthy future where people and the planet thrive.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2010, President Emeritus Dale T. Knobel signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) [link below]. This historic act formally put the college on a path towards carbon neutrality within 20 years, by 2030.
The ACUPCC launched in 2006 with 12 founding members and, since its first annual Climate Leadership Summit, has grown to a group of nearly 700 university and college presidents who believe that educational institutions can help create technological and economic and social solutions to climate change.
The accord is a commitment by institutions of higher education to exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.
In November 2015, President Adam Weinberg, renewed Denison's commitment to climate action and carbon neutrality, when he signed the American Campus Act on Climate.
At Denison, our commitments come to fruition through meaningful actions. Since 2010 we've reduced our carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent, which includes the elimination of coal as a heat source for campus. We've also tripled onsite solar energy production. We have every intention of reaching our goal of carbon neutrality on or before 2030.
Denison's 2015 Sustainability Plan outlines the college's broad plans for engaging sustainability and achieving carbon neutrality.