Climate Action Plan

Radford University is a Carbon Commitment signatory institution. 

In 2009, President Kyle signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). In doing so, the University committed to pursuing net carbon neutrality by 2040 and to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the immense sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. 

Most recently, on Friday, November 13, 2020, Radford University President Brian Hemphill signed the Carbon Commitment, reaffirming the University’s commitment to pursuing net carbon neutrality. The Carbon Commitment recognizes the increasing pace and detrimental impacts of climate change and the need for colleges and universities to exercise leadership in addressing the problem. At the core of the Commitment is the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040 and to integrate sustainability and climate action into university curriculum and culture. 

To begin working toward these bold and wide-ranging goals, the Sustainability Steering Committee published a Climate Action Plan in 2013 (included below). 

On November 16, 2020, President Hemphill charged the newly formed President's Task Force on Sustainability with developing a new sustainability and climate action plan. The new plan will be complete by October 2021.