On November 19th, 2015, the White House launched American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC) initiative to amplify the voice of the higher-ed community in support of a strong international climate agreement in the United Nations COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. The launch included a White House roundtable with campus and business leaders, including school presidents and students, to highlight best practices to promote sustainability and address climate change on college campuses. Additionally, a live-streamed conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also energized young people to achieve ambitious climate goals on their campuses and push for increased global action.
As of December 10, 318 colleges and universities representing over 4 million students have demonstrated their commitment by joining the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. Modeled on the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, it complements any previous pledges or commitments institutions might have already. The pledge reads:
“As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus.”
Schools standing behind ACAC pledge:Agnes Scott College Alfred State College (SUNY) American University Antioch College Antioch University New England Appalachian State University Auburn University Augsburg College Ball State University Bard College Bay de Noc Community College Bennett College Bennington College Bentley University Berea College Bergen Community College Binghamton University (SUNY) Boston Architectural College Boston University Bowdoin College Bowie State University Brandeis University Bristol Community College Brookhaven College (Dallas County Community College District) Brown University Buffalo State (SUNY) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California State University Channel Islands California State University Maritime Academy California State University San Marcos California State University, Bakersfield California State University, Chico California State University, Dominguez Hills California State University, East Bay California State University, Fresno California State University, Fullerton California State University, Long Beach California State University, Los Angeles California State University, Monterey Bay California State University, Northridge California State University, Sacramento California State University, San Bernardino California State University, Stanislaus Carnegie Mellon University Cayuga Community College (SUNY) Cedar Valley College Central Community College Champlain College Chandler-Gilbert Community College (MCCCD) Chesapeake College Claflin University Clark Atlanta University Clarkson University Cleveland State University Clinton Community College (SUNY) Coahoma Community College Colby College Colgate University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY) College of Lake County College of Optometry (SUNY) Colorado College Colorado State University Columbia University Columbia-Greene Community College (SUNY) Coppin State University Cornell University Corning Community College (SUNY) Cuyahoga Community College Dartmouth College Delta College Denison University Denmark Technical College DePaul University Desert Research Institute Dickinson College Duke University Dutchess Community College (SUNY) Eastern Connecticut State University Emory & Henry College Empire State College (SUNY) Erie Community College (SUNY) Estrella Mountain Community College (MCCCD) Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) Finger Lakes Community College (SUNY) Florida A&M University Florida Climate Institute Florida Gulf Coast University Florida International University Frostburg State University Fulton-Montgomery Community College (SUNY) Furman University Gallaudet University GateWay Community College (MCCCD) Gateway Technical College Genesee Community College (SUNY) George Mason University Georgetown University Glendale Community College (MCCCD) Goshen College Goucher College Governors State University Green Mountain College Hampshire College Harvard University Harvey Mudd College Haskell Indian Nations University Haverford College Hawai'i Community College (UH) Herkimer County Community College (SUNY) Honolulu Community College (UH) Howard University Hudson Valley Community College (SUNY) Humboldt State University (CSU) Iowa State University Jamestown Community College (SUNY) Jefferson Community College (SUNY) John Carroll University Johns Hopkins University Kapi'olani Community College (UH) Kaua’i Community College (UH) Kent State University Lane Community College Lasell College Lawson State Community College Leeward Community College (UH) Lewis and Clark College Lincoln University of Missouri Macalester College Maritime College (SUNY) Maryville College Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mesa Community College (MCCCD) Miami Dade College Michigan State University Middlebury College Millersville University Milwaukee Area Technical College Missouri University of Science and Technology Mohawk Valley Community College (SUNY) Monroe Community College (SUNY) Montgomery County Community College Morehouse College Morgan State University Morris Brown College Morrisville State College (SUNY) Nassau Community College (SUNY) New York University Niagara County Community College (SUNY) North Carolina A&T State University North Country Community College (SUNY) North Lake College Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo) NorthWest Arkansas Community College Northwest Vista College (Alamo) Northwestern University Norwalk Community College NYS College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Cornell University (SUNY) NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University (SUNY) NYS College of Human Ecology at Cornell (SUNY) NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (SUNY) NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell (SUNY) Oakton Community College Oberlin College Onondaga Community College (SUNY) Orange County Community College (SUNY) Pacific University Palo Alto College (Alamo) Paradise Valley Community College (MCCCD) Paul Smith's College Phoenix College (MCCCD) Pitzer College Pomona College Portland Community College Portland State University Princeton University Purchase College (SUNY) Quinebaug Valley Community College Radford University Ramapo College of New Jersey Randolph College Raritan Valley Community College Rio Salado College (MCCCD) Rochester Institute of Technology Rockland Community College (SUNY) Rutgers University Salisbury University San Antonio College (Alamo) San Diego State University (CSU) San Francisco State University (CSU) San José State University (CSU) Santa Clara University Schenectady County Community College (SUNY) School for International Training School of the Art Institute of Chicago Scottsdale Community College (MCCCD) Shaw University Smith College Sonoma State University (CSU) South Mountain Community College (MCCCD) Southern Connecticut State University Southern Oregon University Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center Southern University and A&M College Southern University at New Orleans Southern University at Shreveport Southern University Law Center Spelman College St. Mary’s College of Maryland St. Philip's College (Alamo) Stanford University Stonehill College Stony Brook University (SUNY) Suffolk County Community College (SUNY) Sullivan County Community College (SUNY) SUNY Adirondack SUNY Broome SUNY Canton SUNY Cobleskill SUNY Cortland SUNY Delhi SUNY Downstate Medical Center SUNY Fredonia SUNY Geneseo SUNY New Paltz SUNY Oneonta SUNY Oswego SUNY Plattsburgh SUNY Polytechnic Institute SUNY Potsdam SUNY Ulster Swarthmore College Syracuse University Temple University The College at Brockport (SUNY) The College at Old Westbury (SUNY) The George Washington University The New School The Ohio State University Tompkins Cortland Community College (SUNY) Towson University Truman State University Tufts University Tulane University Unity College Universities at Shady Grove University at Albany, SUNY University at Buffalo, SUNY University of Alaska Southeast University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of Baltimore University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, San Francisco University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Colorado Boulder University of Connecticut University of Delaware University of Florida University of Hawai’i - West O'ahu University of Hawai’i at Hilo University of Hawai’i at Manoa University of Hawai’i Maui College University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences University of Maryland University College University of Maryland, Baltimore University of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Maryland, College Park University of Maryland, Eastern Shore University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Massachusetts Dartmouth University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Minnesota, Morris University of Mississippi University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of Nevada, Reno University of New Hampshire University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Wilmington University of Northern Iowa University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Puget Sound University of Richmond University of San Francisco University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) University of Washington University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Upstate Medical University (SUNY) Vassar College Vermont Law School Villanova University Wake Forest University Wake Technical Community College Wells College Wesleyan College Wesleyan University Westchester Community College (SUNY) Western Michigan University Western Technical College Wheaton College Willamette University Williams College Windward Community College (UH) Yale University
Interested schools should email Outreach@ceq.eop.gov for instructions on how to join.