The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment
As a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Bentley University has acknowledged that global warming is taking place on an unprecedented scale and the scientific consensus is that contemporary climate change is caused in large part by human activity. The ACUPCC recognizes that institutions of higher education have a unique role in society as both role models in their communities and as hubs of research and innovation. As such, Bentley and other signatory institutions are committed to achieving carbon neutrality on their campuses.
Climate Action Plan
Bentley University has made a commitment to analyze its annual carbon footprint and to become carbon-neutral by the year 2030. On January 15, 2010 Bentley finalized its Climate Action Plan, Bentley University: A Plan for Carbon Neutrality, which serves as a written roadmap to reach this carbon-neutrality goal with interim targets along the way.
While ambitious, these targets are achievable. Bentley’s emissions reduction goals will be achieved via a multi-pronged approach which includes:
- Implementing a building retro-commissioning and energy efficiency upgrade program;
Continuously upgrading building controls for more efficient operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems;
Educating and engaging students, faculty, and staff in energy conservation and sustainability efforts; and
Purchasing renewable energy via Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
It is Bentley’s goal to examine campus operations and invest in making the university’s buildings and operations as energy efficient as possible prior to purchasing RECs. The eventual purchase of RECs will allow Bentley to effectively offset the remaining greenhouse gas emissions and invest in the U.S. renewable energy market.