The goal of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is to accelerate progress toward climate neutrality and promote education and empowerment of students. Kalamazoo College publicly filed a Climate Action Plan with the ACUPCC in Feb. 2010.
“We’ll do everything we can,” said Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Paul Manstrom, who hopes to improve the campus through renovations, construction and other changes before buying carbon offsets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
The action plan endeavors to reduce annual carbon emissions by 25 percent (from 2007-2008 emissions) by the year 2020. By 2050, Kalamazoo College resolves to be completely carbon neutral. The plan sets new building-efficiency standards which require new construction to be at least 30 percent more efficient than American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) requires—or almost twice as efficient as the Michigan building code.
Sustainability projects will be financed through a revolving fund which will invest energy savings from past projects, according to Manstrom.