College & University Initiatives

America’s colleges and universities are developing the clean energy technologies of the future, and tapping into the ingenuity of America’s leading experts to drive large-scale solutions. Higher education has the power, potential, and imperative to shape the future of America’s climate leadership.

  • Presidents’ Climate Leadership CommitmentsThe Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments are a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities. Signatories have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations, to address climate adaptation and community capacity-building, and to promote the integration of research and education into these efforts.


  • Campus Cleantech PilotsColleges and universities can accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy by becoming platforms for testing new clean energy technologies. The world benefits from this innovation while higher education institutions get access to academic research and classroom learning.


  • Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program (C2P2)The Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program is an initiative to support colleges and universities in developing and marketing carbon offsets as a way to accelerate their progress towards campus carbon neutrality.


  • Offset NetworkThe Offset Network is a resource to make carbon offset projects more accessible, innovative, and scalable.