NMSU signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. The Mission and History of the program is as follows:

“The ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress toward climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.

The ACUPCC provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to implement comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate neutrality. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in educating the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and help create a thriving, civil and sustainable society.

The college and university presidents and chancellors who are joining and leading the Commitment believe that exerting leadership in addressing climate disruption is an integral part of the mission of higher education and will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding, and increase the support of alumni, business and local communities.”

By signing the commitment NMSU has agreed to:

  • Complete an emissions inventory
  • Within two years, set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral by 2050
  • Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions
  • Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience (see STARS report curriculum credit here )
  • Make the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available (NMSU 2009 Climate Action Plan )