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President's Climate Commitment



Salisbury University actively considers environmental concerns in all of our operations. From our 22-year-old recycling program to our careful planning of new campus facilities, SU's commitment to sustainability is a major part of our overall master plan. With our recent partnership to cut energy usage over the next 15 years, the Maryland Board of Public Works lauded SU for our creativity and leadership in the area of conservation. I commend our students, faculty and staff for their ongoing and vigilant efforts to help lessen our burden on the environment. I am excited to see the bright tomorrow they are helping to ensure for future members of the SU community.

Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Ph.D.


In September of 2007, Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach joined leaders from more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation in the fight against global warming. By signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Dudley-Eshbach pledged to move Salisbury University toward climate neutrality, with no net greenhouse gas emissions. In that journey, SU will reduce its emissions and accelerate awareness efforts needed to help the local community, and the broader society, re-stabilize the earth's climate.

The Presidents' Climate Commitment is the first effort of its kind to target climate neutrality, not just a reduction. It was inspired by efforts such as the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, and is supported by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Second Nature and ecoAmerica.

To date, more than 670 presidents have signed the Commitment and all University System of Maryland (USM) institutions are participating.


The purpose of the SU Climate Action Plan is to define a strategy to meet the goals established by the University President's Climate Commitment, in order to reduce and offset our greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050. The plan was developed by a team comprised of students, faculty and staff during the summer and fall of 2009. The 2010 Climate Action Plan is a framework which will shape the University's efforts over the coming 40 years, while being flexible enough to adjust to unanticipated technology, challenges and opportunities.

Strategies identified within the plan include:

  • Power and Operations (purchased electricity, heating/air conditioning/ventilation (HVAC), refrigeration, buildings)
  • Transportation (Shuttle, alternative transportation, commuting, campus fleet, air travel)
  • Solid Waste, Recycling, and Composting
  • Administrative Policies (procurement, new construction, behavior change strategies
  • Education and Research (curriculum, other formal education, campus community experience, and research in support of campus climate action and sustainability)
  • Financing Strategies

The Climate Action Plan is a living document which will be revisited regularly. The campus community is encouraged to review the 2014 document and provide suggestions. The University Sustainability Committee will review suggestions, make decisions regarding modifications to the plan, and provide progress reports to the campus community via this web page.

2010 Climate Action Plan

2014-2017 Climate Action Plan


One of the first initiatives following signing the Presidents' Climate Commitment was to evaluate campus emissions and to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. This inventory is also called a "Carbon Footprint".


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