WMU Carbon Neutrality Committee
Despite a delayed start due to Covid 19, WMU launched a new Carbon Neutrality Committee in February 2021. WMU is committed to carbon neutrality by 2065 and recognizes the growing urgency of climate change and the local-to-global impacts already underway. Provost Jennifer Bott charged the committee to align expertise and resources to evaluate WMU's existing climate commitments and make recommendations for future action.
Snapshot - where are we?
After introductions in February 2021, the committee met in March and heard from Dr. Paul Pancella, co-author of the 2012 WMU Climate Action Plan. Paul shared insights on the establishment of the Climate Action Plan and on WMU's commitment to carbon neutrality. In April the committee heard from Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, Pete Strazdas, on recent energy conservation efforts, challenges, and opportunities in areas critical to greenhouse gas emissions reduction such as energy production, energy demand, conservation, human behavior, buildings, transportation, water, and waste.
Subcommittees will conduct focused work between May and September on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction strategies, funding, communications, and University-wide involvement.
Campus and community stakeholders are encouraged to track the committee's progress and share ideas on these committee web pages.