Sonoma State University

Institutional Information
  • Climate Commitment
  • Carbon neutral by 2043
  • 50% reduction of Purchased Electricity Carbon by 2043 relative to 2018 
  • 100% reduction of Stationary Fuels Carbon by 2043 relative to 2019
  • Scopes 1 and 2: -44%
  • Scope 3: -5%
  • Gross emissions: -35%
  • Net emissions: -35%

We have made a concerted effort in this CAP to fully integrate opportunities for high-impact educational experiences as we implement projects and programs needed for carbon neutrality and regional resilience. Woven throughout is the vision of personal resilience, diversity, equity and inclusion. No solution will be lasting if it does not ensure that every student, staff and faculty member feels safe and supported, both mentally and physically, and forms personal meaningful connections with local landscapes.

The CAP is the result of an integrated planning process that considers how the campus’ core values can be distilled into actionable core goals, representing the campus’ overarching commitment. The following are three (3) core goals that frame the CAP.

Carbon - Achieve climate neutrality by 2043
Resilience - Increase community resilience to climate change through our actions
Curriculum - Build curriculum and co-curriculum learning for students in sustainability and resilience

Carbon: Based on the SSU’s current and forecasted greenhouse gas emissions, SSU has elected to pursue a goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2043. This goal aligns us with the latest science and puts us on a path for a sustainable, equitable, healthy future. However, it will take the entire campus and a commitment from the President’s office to ensure that the proper funding and staff support is available. The campus will need to remain vigilant and flexible, adjusting the roadmap as new technology emerges. The Carbon Neutrality Roadmap, which is Appendix A to this CAP, outlines specific steps and funding needed annually to propel the campus toward its goal.

Resilience: SSU identifies as a regional stakeholder in building resilience in and around campus. SSU’s campus and Preserves play a critical role in broadening the student experience through research and internship opportunities. but can also play a convenor role, bridging gaps and strengthening regional public private partnerships to build mental, physical and environmental health across the North Bay. SSU conducted a Resilience Assessment in 2020 which is Appendix B to this CAP.

Curriculum: SSU prioritizes student success as a key driver in shaping an interdisciplinary approach to academics. Success involves igniting innovation, cultivating leadership skills and transforming students’ lives by providing unique experiences, insight and workforce development opportunities. The SSU 2025 Strategic Plan outlines a vision for preparing students “to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to make an impact in the community and the world.”

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