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As signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Mt. SAC's commitment to sustainability is supported and facilitated by Second Nature and the extended network of signatories. The partnership began in 2014 when Mt. SAC President Scroggins signed a resolution pushing the college towards a path of Carbon Neutrality. The path towards sustainability is not limited to the categories below, as the college's philosophy of eco stewardship is found in its newly-built LEED certified cafeteria to its implementation of water conservation methods on all its facilities, including ball fields and its Wildlife Sanctuary.

Climate Action Plan

By signing on as signatories of the ACUPCC, Mt. SAC committed to the development of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan to lower net greenhouse gas emissions campus-wide. As signatories, the college is required to maintain its plan under the following standards:

  • Complete an annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory and make it publicly available. 
  • Complete a Climate Action Plan and update it at least every 5 years.
  • Complete and submit annual progress reports on Climate Action Plan implementation.
  • Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience.

2018 Climate Action Plan

Complete Plan (PDF)   (A large file -- 62 MB) 

Climate Commitment Implementation Committee

 The Climate Commitment Implementation Committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation of ACUPCC Carbon Commitment by raising awareness about climate change and ways to implement cultural and institutional change. The CCIC supports the incorporation of sustainability into curriculum and promotes compliance with environmental laws and regulations. 


  • To serve as primary adviser to the President's Advisory Council regarding the ACUPCC Carbon Commitment. 
  • To ensure that a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory is completed every other year and accessible to the public. 
  • Develop Climate Action Plan that recommends mitigation measures to ensure achievement of zero net GHG emissions, integration of sustainability into curriculum, and sustainable use of resources. 
  • Facilitate awareness of sustainability on campus and the surrounding community. 
  • Promote economic practices  such as purchasing and investment policies that align with sustainability goals to the campus and the broader community. 

Senate Task Force on Sustainability Recommendations 

The role of the task force was to recommend actions to ensure sustainability, carbon neutrality, and climate resilience are part of the curriculum and educational experiences for all students. 

Membership: Chris Briggs (Biology), Ashley Haines (History), Ignacio Sardinas (Architecture), and Chisato Uyeki Chair (Library). 


  • Develop "Leaf" designation for classes.  
  • Institutionalize faculty role by create a Sustainability Coordinator Position
  • Support sustainability research. 
  • Integrate sustainability into Professional Development. 
  • Integrate Sustainability into New Faculty Seminar and any adjunct faculty orientation that is developed.

Full document:  


Second Nature "Climate progress has been demonstrated to be possible and necessary"- President, Timothy Carter Ph.D

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