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Carbon Neutrality Annoucement

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 innovative strategies to reduce our overall emissions, use renewable energy, and offset the small remainder.

AU's path to neutrality has been achieved through commitment, leadership, and a culture of sustainability. It's been a community effort. Students have lead 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.

Carbon Neutrality in the Media

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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.




Use Renewable Energy

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

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.