On April 22, 2009, RIT became a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (now called the Climate Commitment). RIT began inventorying its greenhouse gas emissions and released its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2011, establishing 2030 as its target date for carbon neutrality.
Since that time, several new buildings have been constructed, the university has increased its renewable energy generation—including the installation of two 2MW solar arrays—and an international climate agreement has been reached. RIT has also expanded its Climate Commitment to include resiliency and adaptation planning.
This 2017 Climate Action Plan update outlines a roadmap for RIT to achieve carbon neutrality and climate resilience. Faculty, staff, students, and community members were engaged in the 2016-2017 planning process to determine goals, strategies, and actions within the CAP. The plan was then made available for public comment to ensure that the plan was as inclusive as possible.