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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Commitment

Read the full text of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Commitment. 

Universities are uniquely positioned to spearhead the research, innovations, and cultural shifts necessary to address human-induced climate change. As the Commonwealth’s flagship university, the University of Kentucky will serve as an exemplar by implementing strategies that lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while enhancing campus operations and reducing long-term energy costs. Reducing emissions will improve our shared environment. At the same time, it will reduce UK’s utility costs paid for by tax dollars and the tuition and room and board fees paid by UK students and their families.

“We are, above all else, a learning institution. This new commitment will catalyze not only concrete, strategic actions that will improve our environment, but also a thoughtful approach to how these issues can help further our educational and scholarly missions.” President Eli Capilouto 

The University's emissions reduction commitment was announced on Friday, December 15, 2016. Read the full announcement. 


Next Steps:

A detailed action plan for reducing campus emissions is under development and will be completed and integrated with the Sustainability Strategic Plan in the spring of 2017.

University of Kentucky Emissions Reduction Plan Task Force

Progress toward this goal will be reported annually and progress reports will be archived here.