Since signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, Goucher College has made important strides to become more environmentally sustainable.
Shortly after signing the ACUPCC, the Goucher Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council (GESAC) –composed of faculty, students, and staff – was formed, and in 2009, the council began work on the college's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory. In May 2011, GESAC worked to complete the college's first Climate Action Plan (CAP), which set a goal to reduce Goucher's GHG emissions 20 percent by 2020. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Goucher's campus-wide environmental theme will focus on the CAP reduction of 20 percent by 2020.
There are many ongoing environmental developments at Goucher – in transportation, food services, on the recycling, composting, and energy conservation fronts, and in our academic program. Goucher College's administration, students, faculty, and staff have helped to make environmental sustainability a priority on our campus. As outlined in the college's latest Strategic Plan, environmental sustainability will continue to be a critical component of campus operations, academics, volunteer opportunities, events programming, and shared community principles.