Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges

 

As institutions and networks of higher and further education from across the world, we collectively commit to going net-zero

 

Sign the Global Climate Letter as part of your response to COP26.

Part of the UN Race To Zero, the Global Climate Letter is rallying leadership and support from the worlds universities, colleges, students and networks for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

In advance of the COP26, we come together to add our support to the Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges that will be shared with the media and key UN and governmental officials.

Watch the TEDxUNEP Countdown: Racing to Zero with Higher Education.

A message from Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Champion for COP26 and Gonzalo Munoz, Chilean High Level Climate Champion for COP25 on why you need to take action now!

Networks from around the world have agreed to support this letter, including the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)Global Alliance,  EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education and Second Nature.

You can select your language using the drop down at the top of the page.

Who can sign: Ideally, the president or chancellor of respective institutions will sign on to this letter on behalf of the institution. However, if an institution has already committed to the actions outlined below via previous agreements, any faculty or staff member of the institution can sign on to reiterate its pre-existing commitment. If you have any questions regarding who can sign on to this letter, please contact us. Networks that represent higher and further education institutions can also sign on to the letter. 

If you are ready to add your network or institution to this letter, then please sign on to this letter via this form which will take no more than 2 minutes to complete.

Sign the Global Climate Letter Now

You can sign the Global Climate Letter to commit your institution to being net-zero now. If you are still working on your plan and reports you can add these at a later date. 

We are today committing to collectively step up to the challenge by supporting a three-point plan, in line with the Race to Zero criteria, which includes:

  1. Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation;
  2. Pledge to reach net-zero by 2030, or 2050 at the very latest;
  3. Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curriculum, campus and community outreach programmes.

Plan, Proceed and Publish: In advance of COP26, signatories will produce a plan on how they will achieve net-zero, with interim targets, and make this publicly available and update on an annual basis.

We call on governments and other education institutions to join us in declaring a Climate Emergency and back this up with actions that will help create a better future for both people and our planet.

Current representation:

297 Higher and Further Education institutions representing approx. 4,529,991 students

68 networks representing approx. 34,157 institutions

Signed by Networks

  1. Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  2. Global Alliance
  3. EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
  4. Second Nature
  5. Youth and Education Alliance Network
  6. Caribbean Youth Environment Network
  7. Campus Responsables
  8. Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative - GRLI
  9. COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) 
  10. U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  11. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  12. NSCN, Nordic Sustainable Campus Network
  13. National Union of Students UK
  14. Students Organising for Sustaniability (SOS) - UK
  15. Intentional Endowments Network
  16. WEEC Network - World Environmental Education Network
  17. Society for Environment and Sustainable Development
  18. Alianza de Redes Iberoamericana de Universidades por la Sustentabilidad y el Ambiente - ARIUSAA
  19. Red Ambiental de Universidades Sostenibles-RAUS
  20. UK & Ireland UN PRME Regional Network
  21. Green-Campus Programme
  22. China Green University Network (CGUN)
  23. Asian Sustainable Campus Network (ASCN)
  24. CAS-Net JAPAN
  25. Red Colombiana de Formación Ambiental RCFA
  26. Red Ambiental Interuniversitaria - Interuniversia Perú (RAI)
  27. Morgen
  28. APERAU
  29. Red Cientifica Internacional del Campo Unificado de la Educación -REDCICUE
  30. Pacto Universitario Frente al Cambio Climático
  31. Global Planning Education Association Network
  32. Periodismo de Barrio (Global Investigative Journalism Network), Cuba
  33. Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability
  34. Red de Programas Ambientales Institucionales. Consejo Regional Sur Sureste ANUIES. México. (Red PAIS CRSS ANUIES)
  35. Foundation for Environmental Education - EcoCampus programme
  36. ALEUP - Asociación Latinoamericana de Escuelas de Urbanismo y Planificación
  37. Unión de Responsabilidad Social Universitaria Latinoamericana URSULA
  38. International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
  39. Rede Campus Sustentável 
  40. Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability
  41. Red Campus Sustentable
  42. Advanced Procurement for Universities & Colleges (APUC)
  43. VSS-UNES-USU
  44. Associação Catarinense das Fundações Educacionais - ACAFE
  45. RUS - Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile
  46. Colegio Profesional de Ambientólogos de la Comunidad de Madrid (COAMBM)
  47. Crue Universidades Españolas
  48. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
  49. VSN-FDD-FSS (Schweizer Verband Studentischer Organisationen für Nachhaltigkeit)
  50. Red Universidades Argentinas para la Gestión Ambiental y la Inclusión Social
  51. Studierendenschaft der Universität Bern (SUB)
  52. National Union of University Students in Finland SYL
  53. Universities Finland UNIFI
  54. Etudiant-e-s pour le Développement Durable
  55. Swiss Medical Students' Association
  56. Politécnico Internacional Institución de Educación Superior
  57. OIKOS International
  58. Universidad y Compromiso Social
  59. Women in Energy & Environment at MENA Region
  60. Resilience 2 to 1 Group
  61. African Network for Sustainable Development Education - ANSDE
  62. Green Mentors
  63. Revista Hábitat y Sociedad
  64. Maynooth Green Campus
  65. Enactus UK
  66. Association for Farmers' Rights Defense, AFRD
  67. Finovista
  68. Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health
  69. International Human Rights Defenders Foundation

 

Signed by Institutions (Universities and Colleges)

Please note that it can take 1-2 business days for the signatory list to be update

  INSTITUTION COUNTRY CARBON NEUTRAL TARGET
1 University of Kabul Afghanistan 2030
2 FADU-UBA Argentina TBC
3 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina 2050
4 Universidad de Morón Argentina 2030
5 Universidad Nacional de Luján Argentina TBC
6 Swinburne University of Technology Australia 2025
7 University of Technology Sydney Australia TBC
8 University of Applied Arts Vienna Austria 2040
9 Independent University, Bangladesh Bangladesh 2030
10 Centro Universitário de Brusque Brazil 2030
11 Federal University of Para Brazil 2030
12 Grupo Ser Educacional Brazil TBC
13 The University for Sustainability Brazil 2025
14 Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina Brazil 2030
15 University of Campinas Brazil 2050
16 Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana Brazil 2050
17 Bishop's University Canada 2050
18 Cegep de Sherbrooke Canada TBC
19 Concordia University Canada 2050
20 École de technologie supérieure Canada TBC
21 HEC Montréal Canada 2040
22 Kwantlen Faculty Association Canada 2050
23 Kwantlen Polytechnic University Canada 2050
24 McGill University Canada 2040
25 Memorial University Canada TBC
26 Polytechnique Montreal Canada 2050
27 School of Environment and Sustainability Student Association Canada 2030
28 Selkirk College Canada 2030
29 Thompson Rivers University Canada 2030
30 Université de Sherbrooke Canada 2030
31 Université du Québec à Montréal Canada 2040
32 Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Canada 2050
33 Universite Laval Canada Already carbon neutral since 2015
34 University of British Columbia Canada 2050
35 University of Montreal Canada 2040
36 University of Toronto Canada 2030
37 Vanier College Canada TBC
38 Western University Canada 2025
39 Dawson College Canada 2021
40 Ontario Tech University Canada 2050
41 Queen's University Canada 2040
42 University of Manitoba Canada 2050
43 Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences (Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación) Chile 2040
44 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile 2038
45 Universidad de Chile Chile 2050
46 Universidad de La Frontera Chile 2040
47 Universidad de Magallanes Chile 2040
48 Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana Chile Carbon Neutral
49 Universidad de Valparaíso Chile 2050
50 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile 2050
51 Del Rosario University Colombia 2050
52 Free University of Colombia Colombia 2030
53 Instituto Hábitat, Ciudad y Territorio Colombia TBC
54 Unidades Tecnológicas de Santander Colombia 2030
55 Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales, U.D.C.A Colombia 2030
56 Universidad Ean Colombia 2040
57 Universidad Libre de Colombia Colombia 2030
58 CATIE Costa Rica 2025
59 EARTH University Costa Rica TBC
60 Periodismo de Barrio Cuba 2025
61 Girne American University Cyprus 2050
62 Djolu Technical College of Rural Development Democratic Republic of Congo Carbon Neutral
63 Kaospilot Denmark 2040
64 Aarhus University Denmark 2040
65 Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus Dubai 2040
66 Universidad de El Salvador El Salvador 2030
67 Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador El Salvador 2030
68 UTEC El Salvador TBC
69 Aalto University Finland 2030
70 Aalto University Student Union Finland 2030
71 Hanken School of Economics Finland 2030
72 Student Union of Tampere University Finland TBC
73 Tampere University Finland 2030
74 The Student Union of University of Turku Finland 2022
75 University of Helsinki Finland 2030
76 University of Jyväskylä Finland 2030
77 University of Turku Finland 2025
78 Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille France TBC
79 EDC Paris Business School France TBC
80 EDHEC Business School France 2030
81 Emlyon Business School France 2050
82 Excelia Group La Rochelle Business School France TBC
83 Grenoble Ecole de Management France TBC
84 Grenoble INP France TBC
85 ICN Business School France TBC
86 Institut Polytechnique UNILASALLE France 2030
87 Kedge Business School France 2030
88 Toulouse INP - ENSAT France TBC
89 UniLaSalle France 2030
90 Université Toulouse 3 France 2030
91 TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Spatial Planning Germany TBC
92 Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Germany 2025
93 Universidad Metropolitana de Honduras Honduras 2025
94 Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales Honduras 2025
95 Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán Honduras 2030
96 D Y Patil University Pune India 2040
97 O.P. Jindal Global University India 2030
98 Sarnath International Nyingma Institute India 2025
99 Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi India TBC
100 Universal Institute of Professional Management India 2030
101 University of Delhi India 2030
102 University of 17 Agustus 1945 (UNTAG) of Surabaya Indonesia 2030
103 Cork University Hospital Ireland 2030
104 Kinsale College Ireland 2025
105 Technological University Dubliln Ireland 2050
106 CSR Institute Israel 2020
107 Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti Italy 2030
108 Almo Collegio Borromeo Italy 2050
109 Politecnico di Torino Italy 2050
110 Università degli Studi di Padova Italy TBC
111 Università degli Studi di Pavia Italy 2040
112 University of Genoa Italy 2030
113 University of Rome Tor Vergata Italy 2040
114 University of Sannio RCOST (Università degli Studi del Sannio) Italy 2030
115 University of Turin Italy TBC
116 Chiba University of Commerce Japan 2025
117 Umma University Kenya TBC
118 Strathmore University Kenya  
119 Vatel Mauritius Mauritius 2025
120 Maya Environmental Education & Research Center Mexico 2030
121 Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico 2039
122 Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas Mexico 2050
123 Universidad Veracruzana Mexico 2040
124 University of Guadalajara Mexico TBC
125 Radboud University Netherlands 2050
126 Bayero University Kano Nigeria TBC
127 Nigerian Law School Yenagoa Human Rights Clinic Nigeria 2050
128 Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Pakistan 2030
129 Columbus University Panama 2025
130 Isae Universidad Panama 2050
131 Universidad del Istmo Panama 2025
132 Universidad Santander Panama 2040
133 Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) Panama 2030
134 Universidad Nacional de Caaguazú Paraguay 2030
135 I.E CHAMPAGNAT TACNA PERU Peru 2040
136 Comteq Computer and Business College Philippines 2030
137 De La Salle University - Dasmarinas Philippines 2030
138 Iloilo Science and Technology University Philippines 2050
139 Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra/IPC Portugal 2030
140 Instituto Superior Técnico Portugal 2050
141 Politécnico de Coimbra Portugal 2030
142 Universidad Biblica de las Americas Puerto Rico 2025
143 Universidad Politecnica Cristiana Puerto Rico 2050
144 Dar Al Uloom University Saudi Arabia TBC
145 Stellenbosch University South Africa TBC
146 Eix Comercial Creu Coberta Spain 2025
147 Miguel Hernandez University Spain 2030
148 University of the Basque Country Spain 2030
149 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Spain 2050
150 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain 2030
151 Universidad Católica de Ávila Spain 2030
152 Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) Spain 2050
153 Universidad de A Coruña Spain 2030
154 Universidad de Cádiz Spain 2030
155 Universidad de Córdoba Spain 2040
156 Universidad de Huelva Spain 2025
157 Universidad de Jaén Spain 2050
158 Universidad de La Laguna Spain 2030
159 Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain 2030
160 Universidad de Murcia Spain 2030
161 Universidad de Navarra Spain 2030
162 Universidad de Oviedo Spain 2050
163 Universidad de Sevilla Spain 2030
164 Universidad de Valladolid Spain 2030
165 Universidad Nacionql de Educación a Distancia Spain 2025
166 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain 2040
167 Universidad Pública de Navarra Spain 2030
168 Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Spain 2030
169 Universidad San Jorge Spain 2040
170 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Spain 2030
171 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain 2040
172 Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya Spain 2040
173 Universitat Politècnica de València Spain 2050
174 Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain 2050
175 University Jaume I of Castello Spain 2030
176 University of Castilla La Mancha Spain 2025
177 University of Extremadura Spain 2030
178 University of Granada Spain 2030
179 University of Mondragon Spain 2040
180 University of Valencia Spain TBC
181 University Rovila I Virgili Spain 2030
182 Zaragoza University Spain 2030
183 Karolinska Institutet Sweden 2045
184 Stockholm University Sweden 2040
185 University West Sweden 2045
186 ASEP Switzerland 2030
187 Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH Switzerland 2040
188 Conférence Universitaire des Associations d'Étudiant.e.x.s Switzerland 2020
189 Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil Switzerland 2040
190 Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern Switzerland 2040
191 Swiss Federal Institute Aquatic Science Technology Switzerland 2030
192 Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL Switzerland 2030
193 University of Lucerne Switzerland 2030
194 University of St.Gallen Switzerland 2030
195 Zurich University of the Arts Switzerland 2030
196 University Twente The Netherlands 2030
197 Université de Sousse Tunisia TBC
198 Busheny Core Primary Teachers' College Uganda 2030
199 Kibuli Core Primary Teachers' College Uganda 2025
200 Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda 2030
201 Ndejje University Uganda 2030
202 Shimoni Core PTC Uganda 2040
203 Abu Dhabi Polytechnic United Arab Emirates 2050
204 College of Business, Al Ain University United Arab Emirates 2030
205 Higher Colleges of Technology United Arab Emirates 2030
206 Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 2030
207 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates 2050
208 Zayed University United Arab Emirates TBC
209 Capital College United Arab Emirates 2030
210 Aberystwyth University United Kingdom 2030
211 Brunel University London United Kingdom TBC
212 Buckinghamshire New University United Kingdom 2030
213 Bridgend College United Kingdom 2040
214 Canterbury Christ Church University United Kingdom TBC
215 Cardiff University United Kingdom 2030
216 Central Students' Union United Kingdom 2025
217 Christ Church Students' Union - Canterbury United Kingdom TBC
218 Dumfries and Galloway College United Kingdom 2030
219 Glasgow Caledonian University United Kingdom 2050
220 Gloucestershire College United Kingdom 2040
221 Goldsmiths, University of London United Kingdom 2025
222 King's College London United Kingdom 2025
223 Lancaster University United Kingdom 2030 Scope 1&2, 2035 scope 3
224 Newcastle University United Kingdom 2040
225 NUI Galway United Kingdom 2030
226 Plymouth Marjon University United Kingdom 2030
227 Royal Agricultural Univeristy United Kingdom 2050
228 Royal Veterinary College United Kingdom 2050
229 Royal Veterinary College Student's Union United Kingdom 2030
230 Swansea University United Kingdom 2040
231 The Education Training Collective United Kingdom 2050
232 The London Institute of Banking & Finance United Kingdom 2030
233 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama United Kingdom 2030
234 The Students' Union at UWE United Kingdom 2030
235 The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 2040
236 University College London United Kingdom 2030
237 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom 2040
238 University of Bath United Kingdom 2040
239 University of Bristol United Kingdom 2030
240 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 2038
241 University of East Anglia United Kingdom 2050
242 University of Exeter United Kingdom 2026
243 University of Glasgow United Kingdom 2050
244 University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom 2030
245 University of Hull United Kingdom 2027
246 University of Leeds United Kingdom 2030
247 University of Plymouth United Kingdom 2025
248 University of Portsmouth United Kingdom 2030
249 The University of Sheffield United Kingdom 2038
250 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom 2040
251 University of the West of England United Kingdom 2030
252 University of Warwick United Kingdom 2050
253 University of West London United Kingdom 2030
254 University of Winchester United Kingdom TBC
255 University of York United Kingdom 2030
256 Worcester Students' Union United Kingdom 2030
257 University of Southampton United Kingdom 2030
258 University of Worcester United Kingdom TBC
259 Bard College USA 2035
260 California State University, Chico USA 2030
261 California State University, Monterey Bay USA TBC
262 California State University, Northridge USA TBC
263 College of Saint Benedict USA TBC
264 Dickinson College USA 2020
265 Goddard College USA Carbon Neutral
266 Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation Inc USA 2025
267 Lewis & Clark College USA 2025
268 Naropa University USA 2040
269 New Mexico State University USA 2050
270 Saint Peter’s University USA 2040
271 Sierra Nevada College USA TBC
272 Southern Connecticut State University USA TBC
273 State University of New York USA 2040
274 Sterling College USA 2040
275 Swarthmore College USA 2035
276 Universidad Politécnica de Honduras USA 2030
277 University of California USA 2025
278 University of California Los Angeles USA 2025
279 University of California Merced USA 2030
280 University of California San Diego USA 2025
281 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) USA 2025
282 University of California Santa Cruz USA 2025
283 University of California, Berkeley USA 2025
284 University of California, Davis USA 2025
285 University of California, Irvine USA 2025
286 University of California, Riverside USA 2025
287 University of Colorado Boulder Student Government USA Carbon Neutral
288 University of California, Santa Barbara USA 2025
289 University of Illinois System USA 2050
290 University of Minnesota Morris USA 2025
291 University of San Francisco USA 2019
292 Wells College USA 2030
293 Western Washington University USA 2035
294 Virginia Wesleyan University USA 2040
295 Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo Universidad Central de Venezuela Venezuela TBC
296 Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertador Venezuela 2040
297 Universidad Valle del Momboy Venezuela 2025

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