So, what’s a “SCAMP”?

29 Feb

*Much of this text was taken directly from the Office of Sustainability webpages. If you would like to learn more, please visit them at: http://www.smith.edu/green/sustainability.php.

In 2007,  President Christ signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This act   joined Smith with hundreds of other colleges and universities in  recognizing that they must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize emissions that contribute to climate change.

All signatories are obliged to take the following steps in pursuit of climate neutrality:

  1. Develop a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible
  2. Within one year of signing the commitment, complete a comprehensive inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions (including emissions from electricity, heating, commuting, and air travel) and update the inventory every other year thereafter.
  3. Within two years of signing, develop an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral.
  4. Make the action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available by providing them to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for posting and dissemination, available here.

In response to step 3 listed above, in 2010 the Committee on Sustainability released the The Smith Sustainability & Climate Action Management Plan, more commonly referred to as the SCAMP. The SCAMP acts as a roadmap to reducing resource use and associated impacts at the institutional level. It tackles everything from waste management to transportation. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read through the SCAMP I highly recommend it (it can be downloaded here). But, for those of you who just can’t seem to find the time – not to worry! CEEDS interns will do the hard work for you. They have been currently reading through the report and will be blogging about the sustainability work Smith is currently undertaking that is helping us meet our goals. Smith has many operational initiatives in place; I invite you to participate in continuing to make Smith a sustainable community.

Sarah, CEEDS Admin.

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