The University of San Diego (USD) is developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) that will be a framework to reduce USD’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The CAP sets out a general methodology for establishing short, medium and long-term strategic goals and feedback mechanisms that provide performance data and specific recommendations to reduce the environmental impact of the university.

The CAP will embrace Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si that calls the world to take action against climate change and to care for our common home. The CAP will outline the operational changes necessary to meet or exceed the City of San Diego’s CAP guidelines and compliment the Envisioning 2024 Strategic Planning Steering Committee, which identifies our stewardship of the Earth as a key strategic theme for the university.

The CAP is being developed by the Sustainability Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of staff, faculty, and students that advise and help implement the direction of sustainability at USD. Select members of the Task Force and other members of the greater USD community make up the CAP sub-committees. These committees provide the Task Force with recommendations of green house gas reductions, goals, and action items to carry out the CAP. The goal is to have a final document developed by September to kick off our new academic year.

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Scott Anders, co-chair of the Sustainability Task Force, on the creation of the Climate Action Plan.