Climate Commitment

In 2008, NSCC's current president, Ron Lafayette, signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment.

About the Presidents' Climate Commitment (from their Web pages):

The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.

The ACUPCC provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to implement comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate neutrality. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in educating the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and help create a thriving, civil and sustainable society.

ACUPCC institutions have agreed to:

  • Complete an emissions inventory.
  • Within two years, set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
  • Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions.
  • Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience.
  • Make the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

Campus-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  •  2005 
  • Gross GHG Emissions: 
  • 4,350 Metric Tons CO2 Equivalent
  • Third Party Carbon Offsets Purchased: 
  • 4,057 Metric Tons CO2 Equivalent
  • 2012 
  • Gross GHG Emissions: 
  • 4,186 Metric Tons CO2 Equivalent
  • Third Party Carbon Offsets Purchased: 
  • 3,828 Metric Tons CO2 Equivalent