Create a Positive and Sustainable Future.

We believe firmly in the power, potential, and imperative of higher education’s key role in shaping a sustainable society.

The Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments

Bold commitments by leaders in the higher education sector yield big changes at the institution that those leaders manage, in the sector at large, and beyond. These commitments require strong leadership, tangible outcomes, and the ability to track progress.

Higher Education presidents and chancellors can join the Climate Leadership Network by signing either the Carbon or the Resilience Commitment, or the integrated Climate Commitment. An institution can transition to the Climate Commitment at any time.

Between October 5,2015 and April 22, 2016, 91 institutions became Charter Signatories of the Climate Commitment. See a full list of the Charter Signatories. To see all signatories, view our Climate Leadership Network map.

The Climate Commitment

Integrates a goal of carbon neutrality with climate resilience and provides a systems approach to mitigating and adapting to a changing climate. Designed to blend these two critical components of climate leadership.


The Carbon Commitment

Focused on reducing the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases to zero and mitigating campuses' contribution to climate change.


The Resilience Commitment

Focused on climate adaptation-specific goals, as well as building community capacity to deal with a constantly changing climate and resulting extremes.

Sign the Commitments