January 29, 2019
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I am pleased to share the news that the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the College’s Climate Action Plan at its meeting last weekend. The plan provides a roadmap for the College to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Here is the statement from board chair Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85.
The plan reflects current climate science and research, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent conclusion that the world has 10 to 12 years to reduce carbon emissions significantly or face catastrophic risks from climate change. The trustees share the conviction that the College must address the threat of climate change, both by intensifying our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and by ensuring that we can continue to provide students with the best available education, one that prepares them to lead in the urgent work that must be done on a larger scale. We will offer several opportunities over the next few weeks for you to learn about the elements of the plan.
As Andy explains, the College will form an advisory board to help shape the considerable work we have before us to achieve carbon neutrality. I will be in touch very soon with details on next steps. In the meantime, I want to thank the student, faculty, and staff members of the Climate Action Task Force for the excellent work they did to get us to this important milestone, and I want to thank all the many students who have been powerful advocates for climate action at Amherst.