Lane is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Member institutions are deeply concerned about the unprecedented scale and speed of global warming and its potential for large-scale, adverse health, social, economic and ecological effects. Signatories believe that colleges and universities must exercise leadership by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. Signatories commit to becoming carbon neutral and to:
- Complete a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory.
- Develop Climate Action Plan for becoming climate neutral.
- Submit updated greenhouse gas inventories and progress reports every two years.
Lane's first Climate Action Plan was adopted in May 2011 after review and input was provided by many key stakeholders including:
- Facilities Council - 1/11/11
- Sustainability Committee - 1/13/11
- Managers Forum - 1/14/11
- College Council - 2/10/11
- Board of Education - 4/11/11
Inspired by the Oberlin Project, Lane's Sustainability Committee took on the task of developing a Sustainability Plan during the 2011-12 school year. To kick off the planning effort, the Committee hosted a Sustainability Plan Facilitated Visioning Session on February 12, 2012 at which forty employees and students provided input on a vision for the plan. The Sustainability Committee offered another opportunity for Lane employees to provide input during an all-staff inservice on May 4, 2012.
The current draft of the plan is the culmination of input received during the 2/13/12 & 5/4/12 sessions.
Sustainability planning at Lane developed through grassroots efforts of many different individuals and groups. In 2011, the Sustainability Committee saw that Lane had several different plans & policies relating to sustainability, but no overarching sustainability plan. As a result, the Committee elected to begin work on this Sustainability Plan that will serve as an umbrella document underwhich all other sustainability planning will be housed. This organizational chart of all of Lane's sustainability planning, helps show the connections and hierarchies between the various plans and policies.