Reporting System

Implementation Profile for American University

Submitted on September 2, 2008; last updated on September 18, 2015

Institution Information

Commitment Type Climate
Basic Carnegie Classification Doctorate Granting
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Washington, DC
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Cornelius Kerwin
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website
Additional Urls No information provided

Implementation Structure

Institutional Format Task Force, Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description The Climate Action Project Team will develop and manage the university’s climate neutrality action plan, including mechanisms for institutionalization and accountability. The team will report its progress and recommendations to the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Its responsibilities will include:
• Develop and facilitate implementation of policies and procedures for reducing university emissions and impact on the environment, maximizing social justice and financial responsibility;
• Establish a target date for achieving climate neutrality;
• Develop interim targets to track progress toward this goal and produce interim reports on progress, including the required two-year report (5/15/2008 – 5/15/2010);
• Determine two-year action items and develop plans for execution and reporting;
• Complete a green house gas inventory in the first year (5/15/2008 – 5/15/2009) and implement data collecting and reporting structure to support required annual updates;
• Initiate actions to make climate neutrality/sustainability an integral part of the educational, professional and living experience at American University;
• Promote expansion of research or other efforts necessary to achieve climate neutrality;
• Develop and facilitate implementation of public education and public awareness of AU climate neutrality efforts.
Committees and Groups with whom Institution coordinates No information provided
Implementation Liaison's Name Megan Zanella-Litke
Implementation Liaison's Title Director of Sustainability Programs
Implementation Liaison's Department Office of Sustainability