Reporting System

Tangible Action Statistics

From 2007 to 2015 signatories were asked to commit to initiating two or more of seven specified tangible action options to reduce greenhouse gases immediately while they developed their more comprehensive Climate Action Plan.

Beginning October 2015, signatories to Second Nature commitments are no longer asked to select tangible actions. Below are the final aggregate tangible action statistics for signatories

Signatories commit to initiating two or more of seven specified tangible action options to reduce greenhouse gases within the two years after their implementation start date. The seven options are:

  1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
  2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
  3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
  4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
  5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
  6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
  7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

1. Number and Percentage of Schools Committed to Each Tangible Action

Tangible Action (TA) Histogram # of Schools Committed* % of Schools Committed
TA1 Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
504 80.4%
TA2 Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
513 81.8%
TA3 Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
59 9.4%
TA4 Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
434 69.2%
TA5 Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
231 36.8%
TA6 Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
67 10.7%
TA7 Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
390 62.2%

2. Number of Tangible Actions that Schools Committed to Implement (Min. of Two Required)

# of Tangible Actions Histogram # of Schools Committed* % of Schools Committed
None
4 0.6%
One
6 0.9%
Two
142 22.2%
Three
190 29.7%
Four
149 23.3%
Five
93 14.6%
Six
24 3.8%
Seven
19 3.0%

* These statistics are pulled from completed Implementation Profiles (n=627). Drafts and incomplete reports are not accounted for here.