Carbon Neutrality

Wesleyan has committed to going carbon neutral by 2050.  To reach this goal, Wesleyan tracks its carbon footprint annually and 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).  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. 

Wesleyan is currently developing a Sustainability Strategic Plan to guide its actions in the areas of carbon, curriculum, and community going forward.  This plan is expected to be released in late 2021 and is expected to include the following elements that move campus closer to carbon neutrality:

  • A utilities carbon neutrality master plan creates a roadmap for ways to reduce campus energy use and power 100% of heating, cooling, and electricity needs within the campus microgrid (central campus) through renewable energy sources.  
  • The Sustainability Office is developing a carbon offsets program to offset 100% of emissions from employee and study abroad air travel by 2023.  


Andrew Plotkin, Project Engineer, Facilities
Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director