Colleges and universities part of the Climate Commitment agree to model ways to curb global warming emissions and educate students about climate neutrality.
Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining over 480 other presidents of all types of higher education institutions. Chema’s signature affirms Hiram’s commitment to go climate neutral.
The Climate Commitment recognizes the large-scale effects of global warming and the role humans play to cause it. Colleges and universities part of the Climate Commitment agree to model ways to curb global warming emissions and educate students about climate neutrality. Signatories commit to take specific actions to go climate neutral:
- Complete an inventory of their institution’s greenhouse gas emissions within one year
- Develop an institutional plan for becoming climate neutral within two years
- Immediately take steps to reduce greenhouse gasses such as purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products
- Make the institution’s plan and progress toward its goals publicly available
“The Climate Commitment came to my desk as a recommendation from Student Senate,” said Chema. “I was pleased take their recommendation and join my colleagues nationwide leading this highly visible effort to combat the global warming crisis.”
Even prior to joining the Climate Commitment, Hiram took steps to reduce greenhouse gasses. For example, construction of the new residence hall to open in August of 2008 will comply with U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard.