In January 2013, per the recommendation of ACES, Linfield College hired our first Sustainability Coordinator and created the Office of Sustainability solidifying our commitment to sustainability. This position reports directly to the President's Office and has a dynamic impact: engaging students in a variety of projects, assisting faculty who seek to incorporate sustainability more fully in their courses, and working with our facilities personnel who strive to keep Linfield at the forefront of sustainable practices.
As a result of a recommendation from ACES, Linfield College seeks to support and extend Linfield’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability as a part of the 2012-2018 Strategic Plan. We are proud to have language of sustainability incorporated into this important strategic document that will guide the college in completing our mission.
As a signatory of The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Linfield College is required to develop an action plan taking the College to carbon neutrality. That action plan was submitted by ACES to the ACUPCC in the fall of 2010.
During spring semester 2009, the Environmental Studies Problem Solving Seminar developed a draft of this action plan as their semester project in ENVS 485. ACES used that report as the basis for the College’s Climate Action Plan that has been completed with the help of McKinstry, an environmental engineering firm. The report is available on the ACUPCC Reporting.
Upon signing the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Linfield College has committed to develop plans leading to a carbon-neutral campus. The ACUPCC required Linfield to submit a baseline greenhouse gas emissions report, which can be viewed on the ACUPCC web site.
That report was submitted by ACES in September 2009, and it reports on emissions data collected during the 2006-2007 academic year. This baseline study was completed by a group of students taking the Environmental Studies senior capstone class (ENVS 485) during spring semester 2008. The working document became the starting point for Linfield’s Climate Action Plan, also a requirement of ACUPCC.
On Earth Day in 2008, President Hellie signed The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in accordance with the recommendation from ACES. The commitment provides the framework and support for colleges and universities to take a leadership role in sustainability and climate neutrality. By actively committing to climate neutrality, colleges and universities are realizing their role as community leaders, actively seeking social, economic and technological solutions to climate change.