In fall 2009, Bowdoin College made a commitment to become carbon-neutral by the year 2020 and released a detailed implementation plan to achieve that goal. The plan focused primarily on an ambitious goal of reducing our Scope 1 “own-source” emissions by at least 28% over the 12 years between 2008 and 2020, with the understanding that we would likely need to purchase some carbon offsets in 2020 to help us achieve the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. The team of Bowdoin students, staff, faculty and trustees who developed the plan knew that becoming carbon neutral by 2020 would be a challenging if not impossible goal to reach in a short 12 years, but by choosing a date further out, the sense of urgency that the committee wished to convey would have been lost.
We are pleased to report that at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the College is on track with the plan, as a result of campus-wide conservation efforts, specific initiatives in the Climate Neutrality Implementation Plan, and other factors.
The full report is located here.