American University’s strategic plan calls for “an active pursuit of sustainability” on campus. Following the adoption of sustainability into the strategic plan, the Office of Sustainability was created and the university’s first carbon action plan was completed. This plan created the initial framework to guide AU toward carbon neutrality by 2020. In 2014, a comprehensive sustainability plan was developed by the sustainability working group to include action items related to all aspects of sustainability.
The sustainability plan addresses actions focused on the following areas:
Education and research;
Administration and engagement.
Specific goals include:
Engage Students in Co-Curricular Sustainability
Enrich Sustainability in the Curriculum
Promote Research on Sustainability
Build and Maintain Green Buildings and Grounds
Achieve Climate Neutrality by 2020
Purchase Greener Products
Send Near Zero Waste to Landfill
Promote Employee Engagement in Sustainability
Investigate Responsible Sustainable Investing
Increase Community Service
Sponsor Annual Sustainability Service Event
As President Kerwin notes, “Our plan’s success relies on determination, innovation, and participation.” The participation of the entire campus community is imperative to achieving AU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2020.