Climate Action Task Force
Major Dickinson Initiative for 2013 and Beyond
Dickinson College has made progress toward its climate action goals. But frankly, it's not enough. To step up our game, the Climate Action Task Force was established in January 2013 by the President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability (PCES). The Task Force was charged with developing an implementation plan for Dickinson to reach its commitment to be climate neutral by 2020. The teams assessed progress toward Dickinson’s climate neutrality goal, identified and evaluated options for reducing GHG emissions, developed recommendations, and presented a draft plan for implementation of priority options to the campus in April 2013. Comments from the Dickinson community were invited and a revised plan is now underway. Representatives met with Dickinson's planning and budget committee in Fall 2013 to discuss funding options and strategies. Currently, priorities are being determined. A summary of recommendations from this committee is available here.
The work of the Climate Action Task Force was organized around four teams:
(1) Energy Efficiency and Conservation (Jim Hoefler, Chair)
(2) Transportation (Marcus Key, Chair)
(3) Renewable Energy (Whitey Ellerman and Kristen Williams, Co-Chairs)
(4) New Construction and Carbon Offsets (Frank Laquitara & Scott Nobel, Co-Chairs)
Each team was composed of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and will be supported by two student Research Assistants.
Meetings of the Climate Action Task Force were open to all members of the Dickinson community. Fifty-five people attended the kickoff meeting January 25. We are always seeking new student involvement. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Climate Action Task Force Resources:
Dickinson Climate Action Plan (2009)
CATF Summary of Recommendations (Fall 2013)