Onondaga Community College Commits to ‘Climate Neutral’ Campus

May 11, 2007

Dr. Sydow has joined with leaders of 276 other public and private colleges and universities across the country in signing of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Onondaga Community College has committed with these institutions to reduce and eventually eliminate emissions, and to accelerate the educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.

The College will create a comprehensive institutional action plan to begin to move toward climate neutrality. In addition, in the short term Onondaga will take the following actions:

  • Adopting green standards for all buildings;
  • Investigating and adopting “green” options for the campus;
  • Encouraging public transportation;

These efforts build on Onondaga’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and renewable energy as outlined in the 2008 – 2013 facilities master plan. The plan calls for the construction of numerous LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified facilities to be created on Onondaga’s campus in the coming years.

"Colleges and universities must lead the effort to reverse global warming for the health and well-being of current and future generations," said Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University and a founding member of the ACUPCC Leadership Circle. "On behalf of all the signatories, I welcome President Sydow to the commitment, we are honored and pleased to have her and Onondaga join us."