CLIMATE ACTION PLAN & SUSTAINABILITY

Background:
In 2014 the Academic Senate passed Senate Resolution 14-05, in support of the college joining the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now called Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment. In August 2014, President Scroggins signed this climate commitment. The commitment affirms that climate change affects all parts of the world and all people. By making this commitment, Mt. SAC, along with more than 600 other higher-ed institutions, has taken on an obligation to provide leadership and guidance through education on environmental sustainability.  President Scroggins signed The American College and University President's Climate Commitment in 2014. 
OVERVIEW OF THE COMMITMENT
The ACUPCC provides a framework for colleges and universities to become climate neutral and advance education for sustainability. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the individuals who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming.
Presidents make the following institutional commitments by signing the ACUPCC:
1. To eliminate operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
2. To provide the education, research, and community engagement to enable the rest of society to do the same, and;
3. To publicly report progress on an annual basis
Successful Implementation
Successful implementation of the ACUPCC includes the following elements:
· Establishing an institutional structure to oversee the development and implementation of your school’s program
· Completing an emissions inventory within a year and annually thereafter
· Developing a Climate Action Plan that includes steps to integrate sustainability into the curriculum, research, and
· community engagement
· Making your Climate Action Plan, GHG inventories and Progress Reports publicly available
Standards for Successful Implementation