Recognizing and valuing its role as a local leader called to address the global challenge of climate change, Millersville University established a goal to achieve carbon neutrality in its strategic plan—Our Bold Path. By pursuing carbon neutrality Millersville will seek to bring the University’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero and thus eliminate its contributions to global atmospheric GHG concentrations and climate change.

Perhaps more importantly, Millersville will use the pursuit of carbon neutrality to accentuate its core mission of educating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers. The projects and programs Millersville implements to address climate change will take place on campus grounds and buildings and the innovations and improvements will come from student groups, committees and classrooms.

As a Charter Signatory to Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, Millersville is a nationally-recognized leader on university climate action. President Anderson’s personal commitment to sustainability and climate action is a driving force behind Millersville’s leadership.  Notably, Millersville signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge in the lead up to the Paris Climate Treaty to demonstrate support for strong national action on climate change and to be part of the national climate change response.

For questions concerning Millersville University’s Climate Action Plan, please contact the Office of Sustainability.

Climate Action Plan

climate action planIn January 2016, Millersville finalized a Climate Action Plan that provides a framework for achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. The Climate Action Plan includes ten goals ranging from increasing the energy efficiency of Millersville’s buildings to advancing a culture of sustainability on campus. The Climate Action Plan will be a breathing document that Millersville updates on an as needed basis to keep pace with advancements in the field and the need to address emerging issues such as resiliency.

We are making progress

Millersville’s greenhouse gas emissions have been decreasing since the 2005 base year thanks to actions such as:

  • Adopting an energy-efficiency appliance purchasing policy,
  • Providing free public transportation for all faculty, staff, and students on campus and to surrounding locations, and
  • Implementing energy-efficiency measures and converting to less carbon-intensive forms of energy.

Additional actions to reduce our footprint are in the works, such as constructing a net-zero energy building, diverting more waste from the landfill through composting and recycling, and further incorporating sustainable management principles into campus activities.

Share in our excitement by following our progress at the Second Nature reporting system.

Resources for Learning

CAP Student Members

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) Subcommittee maintains four positions for student members. The student members are invited to participate in CAP Subcommittee meetings and to contribute toward achieving CAP goals. As part of their participation, the student members are encouraged to identify and implement one student-led initiative that will help to meet the goals of the CAP by reducing University greenhouse gas emissions or increasing University resiliency. The student-led initiative should be completed over the course of the academic year. The student team receives direct support from CAP Subcommittee faculty and staff members and the Office of Sustainability as needed to assist with implementing the student-led initiative.  

Become a CAP Student Member.