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The Climate Action Plan is currently in draft form.
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2021 Climate Action Plan Draft

In 2007, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Carolina) became a charter signatory of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. Carolina then worked to develop its climate action plan which was published in 2009. The original plan pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 and established 15 near-term strategies to reach this goal.

Over the past decade, Carolina has implemented 75% of the near-term strategies in the 2009 climate action plan. These strategies, along with other actions, have resulted in a 24% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions despite a 27% increase in campus square footage and a 9% increase in the campus population.

In 2019, both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. Federal Government issued reports emphasizing the need for immediate climate action and the potential consequences of no or limited actions. The responsibility of being a leader in Climate Action has never been greater for Carolina than it is now and this Climate Action Plan is the first step of our renewed commitment to sustainability, together.

It has become apparent that a static report released every 5-10 years is not the most effective way to plan for carbon neutrality. Because the technologies, ideas, and resources available to Carolina can change quickly, the climate action plan should be able to as well. For these reasons, Carolina has moved to a web-based version that can be updated as our progress and plans evolve.



Developing this climate action plan required a campus-wide collaboration. Thank you for all of the help in developing this. The following groups provided data or insights that helped form this plan: Carolina Dining Services, Energy Management, Energy Services & Sustainability, Fleet Services, Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, Study Abroad, The Town of Chapel Hill, Transportation and Parking, and Travel Services.


This Climate Action Plan Draft is a living document, and we are releasing it in draft form to start the discussion with all members of our community in ways we can improve it. We encourage reading the plan in its entirety prior to leaving feedback to ensure a firm foundation for dialogue. We have developed a feedback form to capture your ideas, suggestions, questions, and concerns that closed on June 15, 2021. We are currently in the process of transparently incorporating this feedback into the final draft of the Climate Action Plan.