AU is the First University in the U.S. to Reach Carbon Neutral Status/RNN
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President Sylvia M. Burwell announced that American University has achieved carbon neutrality, which means it has a net zero carbon footprint. AU publicly pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 back in 2010. Now because of the commitment, leadership, and innovative strategic planning of its staff, faculty, and students, AU has reached its goal two years early. AU becomes not only the first carbon neutral university in the nation, but it is also the first urban campus and the first research university to accomplish this important achievement. AU has met the guidelines set by Second Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education, to become a carbon neutral university.
“Our community joined together to accomplish this important goal established in 2010,” said President Burwell. “We wanted to demonstrate leadership and innovation in addressing the serious social, economic, and environmental issues associated with global warming. Having a net zero carbon footprint reflects our commitment to acting on our values and leading into the future.”