USM Environmental Sustainability and
Climate Change Initiative
Why has the USM adopted the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as the standard
mitigation approach for all institutions?
The ACUPCC process, with its nationally benchmarked implementation program of milestones, schedules and resources geared
specifically to higher education provides the ideal implementation tool for mitigation efforts at USM institutions.
Climate change mitigation efforts are similar for all institutions in all states and proven and measurable tools and
methodologies are available from other signatory schools that will ultimately accelerate our success in this important effort.
Furthermore, the ACUPCC includes incentives in the form of deadlines and public reporting of uniform achievement measures to
help encourage all institutions to maintain their momentum, thus making it the most effective and efficient way for USM
institutions to move toward carbon neutrality.
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USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative