What is the Commitment to Climate Neutrality?

The Second Nature Carbon Commitment is an initiative in pursuit of climate neutrality that was signed by presidents of colleges and universities across the country and around the world including former Northern Kentucky University President, Dr. James Votruba. 

The signatories believe colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.

What does climate neutrality mean?

For purposes of the ACUPCC (American College & University Presidents' Climate Committment), climate neutrality is defined as having no net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to be achieved by minimizing GHG emissions as much as possible, and using carbon offsets or other measures to mitigate the remaining emissions.  

How will NKU achieve carbon neutrality?

Through the publishing of the 2017 Sustainability Strategy, NKU has taken a big step in its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This plan categorizes NKU's sustainability priorities within the categories of academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. For a break down of these four categories, visit the AASHE STARS website, and to track NKU's carbon emissions, click here.