Sustainability Commitments

Wesleyan has committed to going carbon neutral by 2050 and tracks its carbon footprint annually. To reach this goal, Wesleyan has developed a utilities carbon neutrality master plan to reduce campus energy use and power 100% of campus heating, cooling, and electricity needs through renewable energy sources.  The Sustainability Office is also developing a carbon offsets program to offset 100% of emissions from employee and study abroad air travel by 2023.  

In 2016, Wesleyan created a Sustainability Action Plan to achieve carbon reduction and other sustainability goals.  In Spring 2017, President Roth was the third president nationwide to sign on in support of a national price on carbon. In 2022, Wesleyan adopted a Sustainability Strategic Plan to guide its actions in the areas of carbon, curriculum, and community going forward.

Triennially, Wesleyan evaluates its sustainability efforts through STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System), a product of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).  This evaluation informs planning decisions and commitments.

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