11 December 2015 | The White House News Release

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.

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