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OHIO submits climate action plan

Plan highlights ongoing progress toward climate neutrality
Jan 15, 2010
By Monica Chapman

Ohio University's climate action plan was submitted Wednesday to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPPC), detailing the university's forward trajectory toward climate neutrality but omitting a target date.  

As the first four-year public university in Ohio to sign the ACUPCC in 2008, Ohio University committed to developing a climate action plan to move the institution toward a net zero carbon footprint. Originally slated for Sept. 15, the submission deadline was extended to Jan. 15 to allow the university more time for top-down planning.

Despite the extension, more time for study and investigation is needed before Ohio University?s Climate Neutrality Target Date can be declared, said Sustainability Coordinator Sonia Marcus, who co-chairs the Presidential Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning.

Marcus noted that the council?s top priority is to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan ? the creation of which will pave the way for climate neutrality.

?We agreed as a group that our priority would be to take a big-picture look at environmental issues at OU,? said Director of Environmental Studies Michele Morrone, who serves on the sustainability council?s education subcommittee. ?Climate action is just one component of the holistic look at sustainability.?

Ohio University has been forging ahead with institution-wide sustainability planning since October 2008, when the proposal received a green light from the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

According to the report submitted to the ACUPCC, the comprehensive plan is designed "not only to provide the institution with a roadmap for achieving climate neutrality, but also a guiding vision for sustainable operations across the campus on a long term basis."

The comprehensive plan and an updated climate action plan will be presented to the public in March 2011, with the goal of formal adoption in June 2011.

Marcus said she expects the university's sustainability council to announce formal goals of the comprehensive plan next week. A progress report on climate action planning is due to the ACUPCC on Sept. 15, 2011.


Published: Jan 15, 2010 3:08 PM

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