Sustainability at the University of North Florida
Since its founding in 1972, the University of North Florida has strived to protect the natural environment. That is why "responsibility to the natural environment" is one of the University’s core values.
Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitment
In 2010, President John A. Delaney signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The commitment 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.
In 2015, Second Nature rebranded and expanded the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment to form the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. As part of the expansion and relaunch, the ACUPCC was rebranded as the Carbon Commitment, and a new Resilience Commitment was introduced, as well as a holistic Climate Commitment that integrates the goals of carbon neutrality and climate resilience. The University of North Florida continues to work on the Carbon Commitment, but has not signed the Resilience Commitment.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
The purpose of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is to provide accurate data related to greenhouse gas emissions. The ability to track emissions overtime is critical to the goal of reducing total emissions.
The first inventory, which serves as the baseline for the University, was conducted in 2009. The inventory is updated through Second Nature annually. The inventory is conducted using the Campus Carbon Calculator offered through the University of New Hampshire. The commonly used tool is available free of charge and conforms to standards set by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
2009 UNF Greenhouse Gas Report
2012 UNF Greenhouse Gas Report
Climate Action Plan
The Sustainability Committee published the UNF Climate
Action Plan in 2013. The Climate Action Plan is meant to serve as a road map to help UNF achieve climate neutrality by the year 2050. \
UNF Climate Action Plan