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Climate Action Plan

The CAP goals have been drafted and now, we want YOUR feedback!

William & Mary has an ambitious 2030 carbon neutrality goal and a partnership with the University of Virginia to support each other’s climate action progress. This carbon neutrality goal will be one part of a larger Climate Action Plan that focuses on what W&M can uniquely contribute to broader climate action as a higher education institution.

Climate Action Plan Draft Goals
Goals broken up into Community Action Goals, Carbon Neutrality, and Curriculum & Research
W&M Community Action
  1. 75% Waste Diversion: Reduce municipal landfill waste by 75%. 

  2. Sustainable Procurement: Increase purchasing of sustainable products and sourcing from vendors prioritizing sustainability. 

  3. Plant-Forward Food: Increase exposure to, and educational opportunities on, plant-forward food consumption in all dining halls.

  4. Food Transportation: Reduce food transportation emissions related to dining hall offerings and vending.

  5. Park Once Model: Adopt a model that encourages parking in a specific, designated area on campus and taking more sustainable modes of transportation to reduce idling and micro-trip emissions. 

  6. Electric Vehicle Chargers: Prioritize placement of electric vehicle chargers in high-demand areas.

  7. Green Transportation Options: Expand and incentivize green transportation options on and off-campus by collaborating locally and regionally, including prioritizing funding for the expansion of bike and pedestrian lanes. 

  8. Study Abroad Green Travel Guide: Create a Study Abroad Green Travel Guide that is incorporated into the Study Abroad program

2030 Carbon Neutrality
  1. Higher Education Resilience Planning Worksheet: Explore a campus resilience planning worksheet tailored for higher education grounds and operations.

  2. 100% Renewable Electricity: Source 100% of the main campus and all graduate schools’ electricity from renewables by 2030.

  3. 20% Building Energy Reduction: Reduce building energy use 20% by 2030.

  4. Heating/Cooling Strategy: Create a strategy to address the use of fossil fuels used in buildings for heating and cooling.

  5. Carbon Proxy Program: Explore a Carbon Proxy Program, which assigns a “what-if” price to offset emissions for consideration in decision-making such as capital projects.

  6. Net Zero Campus Fleet: Create a strategy for a campus fleet that has net-zero carbon emissions. 

Curriculum & Research
  1. Collaborative Teaching: Increase incentives and reduce barriers to collaborative teaching outside the home department. 

  2. Sustainability Teaching & Research: Incentivize academic units to increase teaching and research on the interdependence of society and the environment. 

  3. Learning Outcomes: Incentivize degree programs to feature at least one learning outcome improving literacy, skills, and mindsets supporting the flourishing of society and the environment. 

  4. Faculty Hires: Explore including sustainability in faculty hiring standards with targeted hires for demonstrated track record in bridging traditional teaching and research areas. 

  5. Student Sustainability Start-to-Finish: All new students offered sustainability information, development of personal sustainability plans, and post-graduate sustainability information.

  6. Employee Sustainability: Sustainability is part of every new employees training and professional development offerings.

  7. Sustainability Certificates: Coastal Resiliency: Explore a coastal resiliency certificate with the potential to create a suite of sustainability certificates. 

  8. Student Project with External Partner: Pilot the establishment of an annual student climate action project with an external partner.

  9. Curriculum & Research Support: Construct and launch a support system for faculty in all areas to incorporate sustainability across curriculum and research.

These goals were drafted last academic year by Sustainability working groups composed of students, faculty, and staff from across campus.

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