The Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan

Launched in May 2010, the Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap and strategy for achieving carbon neutrality. The university commits to being a carbon neutral institution by fiscal year 2040. The CAP also calls for the university to reduce its on-site carbon emissions from its buildings, transportation, and energy use by 40 percent by 2025. GW will reach carbon neutrality by reducing its emissions from buildings, using its campuses as test beds for clean energy sources on-site, and partnering with other market players to identify solutions to the system-wide problem of sourcing cleaner energy from the grid. These changes will account for at least 80 percent of emissions reduction. The remaining carbon emissions will be mitigated through the purchase of credible, local offsets.

Climate Action Plan  Background Information

Climate Action Plan University Engagement Structure

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CAP Implementation Team Composition


Team Lead :: Nancy Giammatteo
Team Representatives from Planning and Environmental Management, Residential Property Management, Academic Operations, Marvin Center Operations, Aramark, Facility Operations, The Solar Institute, and ISS


Team Leads :: Larry Cohen and Wendy Martino
Team Representatives from UPD, Shuttles, Parking, Development and Facilities


Team Leads ::  Cristina Luthy and Casey Pierzchala
Team Representatives from Office of Sustainability and Planning & Environmental Management


Team Leads :: John Ralls and Sophie Waskow
Team Representatives from Housing, External Relations, Alumni Relations, Academic Operations, SASS and Human Resources

Academics & Research

Fostering Interdisciplinary Research


Many of the 200+ GW faculty pursuing sustainability research are affiliated with one or more of the university’s 10 institutes and centers engaged in sustainability-related inquiry. Each of these institutes and centers provides the architecture for faculty to collaborate in a particular area, from battling antibiotic resistance to engaging in corporate responsibility, energy management and issues of social equity, among others.

With the launch of the Capital Partners Solar Project in 2014, GW expanded its partnership with the solar developer, Duke Energy Renewables, to create a fund to promote and encourage interdisciplinary research on energy innovations. With support from the fund, faculty from law, engineering, business, and the sciences are collaborating on projects addressing renewable energy, the future of the grid, and greenhouse gas capture.

The Provost’s office also helps faculty across the university develop and submit proposals to additional funders for interdisciplinary sustainability research. For example, the new Sustainability Research Fellowship provides funding for five students to conduct sustainability-related research with a faculty adviser.


ANNOUNCEMENT: The Call for Proposals is now open for Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund.  Deadline is December 1st, 2018.