Climate Action Plan

2040 Update & Planning Site

Lewis & Clark’s first Climate Action Plan was developed in 2008-2009, after signing on as a charter participant to the American College and University’s Presidents Climate Commitment. That plan met the needs of the time and helped push our climate agenda forward, but it was lacking in several key areas.

Given our experience with the first climate action plan, we understand that this 2040 update must:

  • Ensure the equitable distribution of the benefits of climate protection and education and alleviate unequal impacts to frontline communities,

  • Support a just transition to a decarbonized society that not only slows, but reverses globally warming,

  • Develop educational programs and opportunities that prepare our students to lead in a climate impacted world,

  • Develop, renovate, and adapt our facilities and operations to support decarbonized and resilient infrastructure,

  • Accelerate impact through collaborative work, locally and globally.

By implementing low-carbon and no-carbon solutions on campus, advancing climate literacy, policy, education, and accelerating impact through collaborative work locally and globally, our graduates will make a positive impact on the world.


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The path to 1.5 C, the level at which the most disastrous natural and human effects from climate change are avoided, requires that global emissions to be drastically reduced by 2030 and beyond.

Our Action Areas:

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The purpose of Lewis & Clark’s 2040 Climate Action Plan is to promote an equitable transition to a decarbonized society through the education of climate leaders and the promotion of carbon neutral operations, and in partnership with our local and global community.

Our 2040 Goal: According to the IPCC, holding temperature rise below 1.5°C will mean global emissions of CO2 will need to decline by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and be decarbonized by 2040.

Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality

Care and concern for the environment and our communities is clear hallmark of the Lewis & Clark community. Incoming students express an interest in care for the environment at rates xx% higher than their peers at other undergraduate institutions. Scholarship and practice at our Law and Graduate schools also demonstrate this commitment at the professional level, including a number of ranked Environmental Law Program and renowned social-justice focused graduate programs in education, counseling, and leadership. Likewise, in our facilities, energy conservation has been a key part of every capital campaign since the early 1990s complemented by renewable energy projects and experiments with innovative technology and practices throughout the past nearly 30 years.

While Lewis & Clark and others throughout higher education have made great strides from our physical plant to our classrooms, climate warming has increased at a significant rate and calls to action are framed in terms of ‘crisis’ and ‘climate breakdown.’

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By implementing low-carbon and no-carbon solutions on our campus, advancing climate literacy, policy, and education; our graduates will make a positive impact on the world through collaborative work locally and globally. 


Climate Change Education


Understanding Climate Action