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Carbon Neutrality Announcement

American University is proud to be a sustainability leader. Through our innovative approach to reducing emissions, using green power, and purchasing strategic carbon offsets, we achieved carbon neutrality two years ahead of schedule.

American University is Carbon Neutral The 1st University in the US to Reach Neutrality

AU is proud to also be the first urban campus, the first research university, and the largest higher education institution to achieve carbon neutrality.

AU achieved carbon neutrality two years ahead of an ambitious target of 2020 by approaching the goal with three innovative strategies: 1) Reduce our overall emissions, 2) use renewable energy, and 3) offset the small remainder.

This milestone has been achieved through commitment, leadership, and a culture of sustainability. It's been a community effort. Students have led every step of this journey; they have always encouraged the university to broaden how we think about sustainability and strive for more. Those who build and manage the spaces on campus embraced the commitment to sustainability, while faculty and staff have integrated sustainability into classes and processes to reflect their sustainability commitment.

achieving carbon neutrality

Carbon Neutrality Case Study

Carbon Neutrality in the Media

Three Strategies for Achieving Neutrality

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Reduce Our Use

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the most important step AU takes toward carbon neutrality. AU has programs to engage the whole community in practicing sustainable habits.

Zero Waste
Community Engagement
Water Conservation
Energy Saving Programs
Green Buildings

Use Renewable Energy

Using emissions-free electricity drives down AU's carbon footprint and contributes to sustainable practices.

On-site and Off-site Solar
Renewable energy credits

Offset the Rest

Some sources of GHG emissions can't be completely eliminated, but strategic and innovative offset initiatives allow AU to offset those GHG emissions our community produces.

Efficient Trucking
Tree Planting
Investment in Cookstoves in Kenya
Landfill Gas