Brenneman commits to creating a ‘climate neutral’ campus

CV Image Goshen College plans to sharply reduce and eventually eliminate all of the college’s global warming emissions and is supporting more research and educational efforts to help stabilize the earth’s climate.

President James E. Brenneman made that pledge on behalf of Goshen College by becoming a charter signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. In doing so, Brenneman joined with leaders of 175 other higher education institutions that also have agreed to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions – the point at which carbon-dioxide emissions are offset by the use of renewable sources of energy and the carbon dioxide that is absorbed and stored as carbon in trees and other plants on campus.

“We are very concerned about life on this planet,” Brenneman said. “This is one more way we can heal and care for the world.”

Goshen College becomes the second higher education institution in Indiana (after Ball State University) and the first Mennonite college or university to sign the landmark climate commitment.

In addition to many current efforts to conserve resources and reduce pollution, Brenneman said Goshen College is establishing an Ecological Stewardship Committee to ensure the college meets the goals of the climate commitment.

The new campus committee will: raise campus awareness of ecological stewardship opportunities at the college and coordinate efforts to enhance ecological sustainability; develop ways to measure the ecological impact of college operations; evaluate the ecological impact of college programs and services; recommend financially feasible improvements to enhance the college’s ecological sustainability efforts; promote the stewardship of resources within college operations and programs and communicate the college’s progress towards its goals in this area; and identify and recommend institutional goals in ecological stewardship within the context of the college’s strategic plan.

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