Policies and Principles
Grinnell College Statement on Environmental Responsibility
Grinnell College believes that as a liberal arts institution with a strong social commitment, we have a duty to the environment, society, and future generations to be leaders in environmental stewardship, education, and policy. Grinnell College is therefore committed to incorporating environmental responsibility into policies, decisions, and daily life on campus.
Grinnell has adopted a number of policies that more specifically define the college's commitment to environmental responsibility. Notable policies include:
- President Kington signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment on October 11, 2011. Grinnell College will submit a plan for carbon neutrality by January 15, 2014.
- Grinnell College's Carbon Emissions Reduction Statement was adopted in 2007.
- The Grinnell College Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines were adopted April 28, 2006. These guidelines provide an environmental framework for all new major construction and major renovation of buildings on campus. The policy outlines how these buildings should be built to meet a set of environmental criteria.
- The Grinnell College Statement of Local Foods was adopted in May 2006. This statement outlines how Grinnell will work to reduce its environmental footprint by increasing the amount of locally grown foods served on campus.
- The Grinnell College Statement of Environmental Responsibility was adopted March 15, 2006. This statement affirms the college's commitment to environmental responsibility and describes in broad terms how the college will uphold that commitment.
- The College adopted a Thermostat Setpoints Policy on December 13, 2005. This policy outlines heating and cooling setpoints in order to reduce the college's energy consumption.