Carbon Inventory & Climate Action Plan

The University of Cincinnati completed its original Climate Action Plan on September 15, 2009, and in May 2019, the University published its new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, providing a blueprint for how the institution will create and enhance its culture of sustainability while working towards climate action.

UC's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

Executive Summary

Although there are many pressing issues associated with climate change and global environmental degradation, there are also many reasons to hope for a brighter future of vitality and prosperity for all on our planet. The University of Cincinnati is committed to enhancing resiliency in a future that is sustainable for all. To that end – and with the next generations to follow us in mind, we have made sustainability a priority at UC and enjoyed many notable achievements since publishing the university’s first Climate Action Plan in 2009. These include earning UC a Gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Much progress has been made, but sustainability is a journey, not a destination. There will always be ways for us to enhance natural ecosystems, enrich human communities and reinvest in our future. As such, Next Lives Here, the university’s Strategic Direction, will focus on furthering academic excellence, creating a positive urban impact, and fostering innovation to positively impact social transformation. The integration of Next Lives Here and this Sustainability and Climate Action Plan lays the foundation for ensuring that the University of Cincinnati will be a global leader in sustainability – whether in academics, research or operations. I call on all colleges and universities to join us in creating an enhanced culture of sustainability.

- Neville Pinto, PhD President University of Cincinnati

Read the full Sustainability and Climate Action Plan