PLANS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

THE 2022 SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

In 2022, the Sustainability Council, with support from the Provost’s and President’s Offices, created the University of Delaware’s first Sustainability Plan.  The goal of the plan wad to guide UD on setting and reaching sustainability goals while reducing operational costs and generating revenue. This report describes the status of sustainability topics at UD (as of 2022) and uses additional data and case studies to make recommendations for University leadership. The Report further recommends alignment with priorities and actions with the growing environmental concerns of our entire community and that we better engage with the wider Newark, state, and regional communities in sustainability conversations. This report provides ways in which UD can reshape our operation, programs, and infrastructure to meet critical sustainability goals.  READ THE PLAN

THE 2009 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

In May 2008, the University of Delaware’s Strategic Plan, the Path to Prominence, set a goal of attaining carbon-neutrality. This strategic decision was formally reinforced by President Harker’s decision to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The purpose of the University’s first Climate Action Plan was to identify a path towards reaching the University’s aggressive environmental goals. The University’s first CAP was a 10-year Plan to reduce campus emissions by at least 5% by 2013, 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2020. If the University continues this process, it can reach the long-term goal of carbon neutrality by mid-century. Under the Presidents Climate Commitment, the University of Delaware pledged to update its greenhouse gas inventory and action plan every three years in order to realize an ongoing commitment to achieve carbon-neutrality. READ THE PLAN

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