ACUPCC Reporting System

Climate Action Plan for Wesleyan College

Submitted on January 8, 2010; last updated on January 8, 2010

Climate Action Plan Details

Climate Action Plan Wesleyan College 2010 Climate Action Plan
January 6, 2010
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Emissions Targets

Climate Neutrality Target
2047
If you have any qualifying statements with regard to the climate neutrality target date, please include them here, and/or if you have chosen "TBD" and not specified a neutrality date, please enter the reason and explain the process for establishing a target date in the future.

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Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline
20% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2017 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
50% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2027 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
75% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2037 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
Nonstandard Emissions Targets
Please enter below any targets that do not fit into the above format.

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Narratives

Please describe your institution's greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

This Climate Action Plan demonstrates that Wesleyan College is on track to meet its first greenhouse gas reduction commitment of 20% by 2017 from a 2007 baseline. These greenhouse gas reductions will come primarily from energy upgrades to campus buildings, although the campus forest’s annual sequestration also provides meaningful greenhouse gas reduction.
In order to meet future targets without large scale purchasing of offsets on the commercial market, major new strides in energy efficiency and Wesleyan’s energy mix will be required. Wesleyan College’s success with building energy upgrades and its forthcoming Strategic Sustainability Plan will provide a foundation for these later efforts.

Please describe your institution's plans to make sustainability a part of the curriculum for all students.

Wesleyan College currently offers an Environmental Studies minor, a course of study that includes education about climate change and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in addition to other sustainability issues. The College is currently developing a broader course of study that will lead to the addition of Environmental Studies as a major.

Please describe your institution's plans to expand research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality.

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Please describe your institution's plans to expand community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality.

In the development of Wesleyan College’s Strategic Sustainability Plan, several novel community outreach efforts are being considered:
1. Offering panel discussions on various environmental topics throughout the academic year
2. Creating a community recycling center on Wesleyan College’s campus
3. Encouraging greater community use of campus forestland
These community outreach efforts will be adopted and implemented as part of the Strategic Sustainability Plan and will be described in more detail in the next iteration of Wesleyan’s Climate Action Plan.