Environmental Guiding Principles
Allegheny College’s commitment to sustainability in all campus activities is formalized in our Environmental Guiding Principles.
In the summer of 2008, Allegheny created the position of Sustainability Coordinator and hired alumna Kelly Boulton. The sustainability coordinator collaborates with the entire campus to develop innovative means of integrating sustainability and efficiency into the campus culture, operations and curriculum. Allegheny’s unique brand of ‘deep infrastructure sustainability’ supports the work of the sustainability coordinator as well as other engaged staff, faculty and students.
As a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Allegheny has acknowledged the need for global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and has developed a comprehensive climate action plan to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2020. In January 2011, the College committed to purchasing 100% of its electricity from wind generated sources, a change that immediately eliminated over 50 percent of the institution’s carbon footprint.
In the summer of 2008, Allegheny College completed an energy audit in collaboration with Siemens Energy Company and the Clinton Climate Initiative, which launched ongoing campus-wide energy retrofits, drastically increasing efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, all while saving money. In 2011, Allegheny became an early partner in the Better Buildings Challenge at the invitation of the Department of Energy and White House, committing to achieve a 20% reduction in energy intensity in all campus square footage by 2020.
Allegheny College has committed that all new construction will be certified at the LEED® Silver level. In addition, renovations of our historic buildings are also considered for LEED certification and managed to prioritize efficiency and environmental responsibility.