Colorado College

This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

Colorado College's Climate Action Contribution

About Colorado College's Climate Efforts

In 2009, Colorado College committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2020. Since then, the college has reduced greenhouse gas emisssions by over 38% in Scope 1 emissions, 8% in Scope 2 emission, and 24% in measured areas of Scope 3 emissions. The college leverages student learning to complete its annual greenhouse gas inventories helping to increase emissions accounting literacy. In addition, the college has lobbied for access to renewable energy through the municipal utility, recently signing a letter of intent to purchase 100% of its electrical use from a forthcoming solar array. The college currently purchases RECs and carbon offsets for a portion of its usage and emissions from regional sources, encouraging development of solution-based economies within our state and region.

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions Colorado College Is Taking:


Commit to Reducing the Climate Impact of Your Transportation

Organizations making a commitment to reduce the climate impact of transportation should consider practices such as measuring transportation greenhouse gas emissions and setting reduction targets, switching fuels, optimizing the efficiency of shipping operations, and reducing transit- and travel-related greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses can develop a green transportation action plan to map the movement of goods to market and identify opportunities to increase efficiency. Organizations can buy hybrid and electric vehicles within their own fleet, and can reduce the footprint of their workforce through incentivizing public transportation, installing EV charging stations, promoting telework, and locating near transit centers.


Commit to Increase Your Use of Renewable Power

Increasing your percentage of renewable energy sources is a key component of reducing overall GHG emissions. Installing onsite renewable generation, like solar panels, is a good long-term strategy if possible. But renewable energy can also be procured through Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs), and in some locations from retail electricity providers or local utilities that offers a high percentage of renewable power. Also consider becoming an EPA Green Power Partner.


Sign one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments

President’s Climate Leadership Commitments are signed by Higher Education presidents and chancellors. They can sign either the Carbon or the Resilience Commitment, or the integrated Climate Commitment. The commitments require strong leadership to create a implementation structures on campuses, complete GHG inventories, develop climate action plans and consistently report on progress.

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Climate Action Plan

Areas For Collaboration

We are interested in collaborating on the following:

Local Collaboration
  • Collaborate on climate and clean energy action, and to advocate for stronger climate policy at the local level

Organization details

Higher Education Institution
Colorado Spgs, CO
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