A network of 700 U.S. colleges and universities signed an agreement to cut carbon emissions in 2007. The group will sign an extension of that commitment Monday at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.
“We’re asking this whole network of colleges and universities to add a commitment to being leaders in their communities around making their communities more resilient in the face of climate change,” Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss said.
That means in addition to reducing carbon emissions, schools will be asked to become leaders in their communities on combating the long-term effects of climate change. For example, Kiss said Agnes Scott plans to partner with the city of Decatur to hire an energy manager.
The college has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 20 percent since 2007 and has committed to become carbon-neutral by the year 2037.