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. 

Firme la Carta Global para el Clima como parte de su respuesta a la COP26. 

Signez la Lettre Globale sur le climat dans le cadre de votre réponse à la 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.

If you are a school you can commit at Let's Go Zero

Sign the Global Climate Letter Now

Firme la Carta Global para el Clima ahora

Signez la Lettre Globale sur le climat maintenant

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. If you are unable to access Google Forms you can sign up here.

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 recognising the Climate Emergency and back this up with actions that will help create a better future for both people and our planet.

Here you can access our press release in various languages.

Current representation:

602* Higher and Further Education institutions representing approx. 7,918,588 students

70 networks representing approx. 34,157 institutions

*This is the total figure as part of the Race to Zero which includes signatories of this Global Climate Letter and Second Nature's Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. You can see the full list of institution's committing to the Race to Zero here.

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
  70. Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN)

 

Signed by Institutions (Universities and Colleges)

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

  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 Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University Bangladesh 2030
11 Centro Universitário de Brusque Brazil 2030
12 Federal University of Para Brazil 2030
13 Grupo Ser Educacional Brazil TBC
14 The University for Sustainability Brazil 2025
15 Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina Brazil 2030
16 University of Campinas Brazil 2050
17 Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana Brazil 2050
18 Bishop's University Canada 2050
19 Cegep de Sherbrooke Canada TBC
20 Concordia University Canada 2050
21 École de technologie supérieure Canada TBC
22 HEC Montréal Canada 2040
23 Kwantlen Faculty Association Canada 2050
24 Kwantlen Polytechnic University Canada 2050
25 McGill University Canada 2040
26 Memorial University Canada TBC
27 Polytechnique Montreal Canada 2050
28 School of Environment and Sustainability Student Association Canada 2030
29 Selkirk College Canada 2030
30 Thompson Rivers University Canada 2030
31 Université de Sherbrooke Canada 2030
32 Université du Québec à Montréal Canada 2040
33 Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Canada 2050
34 Universite Laval Canada Already carbon neutral since 2015
35 University of British Columbia Canada 2050
36 University of Montreal Canada 2040
37 University of Toronto Canada 2030
38 Vanier College Canada TBC
39 Western University Canada 2025
40 Dawson College Canada 2021
41 Ontario Tech University Canada 2050
42 Queen's University Canada 2040
43 University of Manitoba Canada 2050
44 Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences (Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación) Chile 2040
45 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile 2038
46 Universidad de Chile Chile 2050
47 Universidad de La Frontera Chile 2040
48 Universidad de Magallanes Chile 2040
49 Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana Chile Carbon Neutral
50 Universidad de Valparaíso Chile 2050
51 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile 2050
52 Del Rosario University Colombia 2050
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 Girne American University Cyprus 2050
61 Djolu Technical College of Rural Development Democratic Republic of Congo Carbon Neutral
62 Kaospilot Denmark 2040
63 Aarhus University Denmark 2040
64 Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus Dubai 2040
65 Universidad de El Salvador El Salvador 2030
66 Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador El Salvador 2030
67 Aalto University Finland 2030
68 Aalto University Student Union Finland 2030
69 Hanken School of Economics Finland 2030
70 Student Union of Tampere University Finland TBC
71 Tampere University Finland 2030
72 The Student Union of University of Turku Finland 2022
73 University of Helsinki Finland 2030
74 University of Jyväskylä Finland 2030
75 University of Turku Finland 2025
76 Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille France TBC
77 EDC Paris Business School France TBC
78 EDHEC Business School France 2030
79 Emlyon Business School France 2050
80 Excelia Group La Rochelle Business School France TBC
81 Grenoble Ecole de Management France TBC
82 Grenoble INP France TBC
83 ICN Business School France TBC
84 Institut Polytechnique UNILASALLE France 2030
85 Kedge Business School France 2030
86 Toulouse INP - ENSAT France TBC
87 UniLaSalle France 2030
88 Université Toulouse 3 France 2030
89 TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Spatial Planning Germany TBC
90 Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Germany 2025
91 Universidad Metropolitana de Honduras Honduras 2025
92 Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales Honduras 2025
93 Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán Honduras 2030
94 D Y Patil University Pune India 2040
95 O.P. Jindal Global University India 2030
96 Sarnath International Nyingma Institute India 2025
97 Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi India TBC
98 Universal Institute of Professional Management India 2030
99 University of Delhi India 2030
100 University of 17 Agustus 1945 (UNTAG) of Surabaya Indonesia 2030
101 Cork University Hospital Ireland 2030
102 Kinsale College Ireland 2025
103 Technological University Dubliln Ireland 2050
104 CSR Institute Israel 2020
105 Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti Italy 2030
106 Almo Collegio Borromeo Italy 2050
107 Politecnico di Torino Italy 2050
108 Università degli Studi di Padova Italy TBC
109 Università degli Studi di Pavia Italy 2040
110 University of Genoa Italy 2030
111 University of Rome Tor Vergata Italy 2040
112 University of Sannio RCOST (Università degli Studi del Sannio) Italy 2030
113 University of Turin Italy TBC
114 Chiba University of Commerce Japan 2025
115 Umma University Kenya TBC
116 Strathmore University Kenya  
117 Vatel Mauritius Mauritius 2025
118 Maya Environmental Education & Research Center Mexico 2030
119 Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico 2039
120 Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas Mexico 2050
121 Universidad Veracruzana Mexico 2040
122 University of Guadalajara Mexico TBC
123 Radboud University Netherlands 2050
124 Bayero University Kano Nigeria TBC
125 Nigerian Law School Yenagoa Human Rights Clinic Nigeria 2050
126 Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Pakistan 2030
127 Columbus University Panama 2025
128 Isae Universidad Panama 2050
129 Universidad del Istmo Panama 2025
130 Universidad Santander Panama 2040
131 Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) Panama 2030
132 Universidad Nacional de Caaguazú Paraguay 2030
133 I.E CHAMPAGNAT TACNA PERU Peru 2040
134 Comteq Computer and Business College Philippines 2030
135 De La Salle University - Dasmarinas Philippines 2030
136 Iloilo Science and Technology University Philippines 2050
137 Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra/IPC Portugal 2030
138 Instituto Superior Técnico Portugal 2050
139 Politécnico de Coimbra Portugal 2030
140 Universidad Biblica de las Americas Puerto Rico 2025
141 Universidad Politecnica Cristiana Puerto Rico 2050
142 Dar Al Uloom University Saudi Arabia TBC
143 Stellenbosch University South Africa TBC
144 Miguel Hernandez University Spain 2030
145 University of the Basque Country Spain 2030
146 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Spain 2050
147 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain 2030
148 Universidad Católica de Ávila Spain 2030
149 Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) Spain 2050
150 Universidad de A Coruña Spain 2030
151 Universidad de Cádiz Spain 2030
152 Universidad de Córdoba Spain 2040
153 Universidad de Huelva Spain 2025
154 Universidad de Jaén Spain 2050
155 Universidad de La Laguna Spain 2030
156 Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain 2030
157 Universidad de Murcia Spain 2030
158 Universidad de Navarra Spain 2030
159 Universidad de Oviedo Spain 2050
160 Universidad de Sevilla Spain 2030
161 Universidad de Valladolid Spain 2030
162 Universidad Nacionql de Educación a Distancia Spain 2025
163 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain 2040
164 Universidad Pública de Navarra Spain 2030
165 Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Spain 2030
166 Universidad San Jorge Spain 2040
167 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Spain 2030
168 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain 2040
169 Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya Spain 2040
170 Universitat Politècnica de València Spain 2050
171 Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain 2050
172 University Jaume I of Castello Spain 2030
173 University of Castilla La Mancha Spain 2025
174 University of Extremadura Spain 2030
175 University of Granada Spain 2030
176 University of Mondragon Spain 2040
177 University of Valencia Spain TBC
178 University Rovila I Virgili Spain 2030
179 Zaragoza University Spain 2030
180 Karolinska Institutet Sweden 2045
181 Stockholm University Sweden 2040
182 University West Sweden 2045
183 ASEP Switzerland 2030
184 Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH Switzerland 2040
185 Conférence Universitaire des Associations d'Étudiant.e.x.s Switzerland 2020
186 Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil Switzerland 2040
187 Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern Switzerland 2040
188 Swiss Federal Institute Aquatic Science Technology Switzerland 2030
189 Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL Switzerland 2030
190 University of Lucerne Switzerland 2030
191 University of St.Gallen Switzerland 2030
192 Zurich University of the Arts Switzerland 2030
193 University Twente The Netherlands 2030
194 Université de Sousse Tunisia TBC
195 Busheny Core Primary Teachers' College Uganda 2030
196 Kibuli Core Primary Teachers' College Uganda 2025
197 Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda 2030
198 Ndejje University Uganda 2030
199 Shimoni Core PTC Uganda 2040
200 Abu Dhabi Polytechnic United Arab Emirates 2050
201 College of Business, Al Ain University United Arab Emirates 2030
202 Higher Colleges of Technology United Arab Emirates 2030
203 Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 2030
204 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates 2050
205 Zayed University United Arab Emirates TBC
206 Capital College United Arab Emirates 2030
207 Aberystwyth University United Kingdom 2030
208 Ada National College for Digital Skills United Kingdom 2030
209 Bournemouth University United Kingdom 2030
210 Brunel University London United Kingdom TBC
211 Buckinghamshire New University United Kingdom 2030
212 Bridgend College United Kingdom 2040
213 Cambridge Regional College United Kingdom 2030
214 Canterbury Christ Church University United Kingdom TBC
215 Cardiff University United Kingdom 2030
216 Central Bedfordshire College United Kingdom 2030
217 Central Students' Union United Kingdom 2025
218 Christ Church Students' Union - Canterbury United Kingdom TBC
219 De Montfort University United Kingdom 2025
220 Dumfries and Galloway College United Kingdom 2030
221 EKC Group United Kingdom TBC
222 Glasgow Caledonian University United Kingdom 2050
223 Gloucestershire College United Kingdom 2040
224 Goldsmiths, University of London United Kingdom 2025
225 Keele University United Kingdom 2030
226 King's College London United Kingdom 2025
227 Lancaster University United Kingdom 2030 Scope 1&2, 2035 scope 3
228 Liverpool John Moores University United Kingdom 2030
229 Newcastle University United Kingdom 2040
230 New City College United Kingdom 2030
231 New College Lanarkshire United Kingdom 2042
232 NUI Galway United Kingdom 2030
233 Plymouth Marjon University United Kingdom 2030
234 Royal Agricultural Univeristy United Kingdom 2050
235 Royal Veterinary College United Kingdom 2050
236 Royal Veterinary College Student's Union United Kingdom 2030
237 South Essex College of Further and Higher Education United Kingdom 2050
238 Swansea University United Kingdom 2040
239 The Education Training Collective United Kingdom 2050
240 The London Institute of Banking & Finance United Kingdom 2030
241 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama United Kingdom 2030
242 Solent University United Kingdom 2030
243 The Students' Union at UWE United Kingdom 2030
244 The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 2040
245 University College London United Kingdom 2030
246 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom 2040
247 University of Bath United Kingdom 2040
248 University of Bristol United Kingdom 2030
249 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 2038
250 University of East Anglia United Kingdom 2050
251 University of Exeter United Kingdom 2026
252 University of Glasgow United Kingdom 2050
253 University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom 2030
254 University of Hull United Kingdom 2027
255 University of Leeds United Kingdom 2030
256 University of Plymouth United Kingdom 2025
257 University of Portsmouth United Kingdom 2030
258 The University of Sheffield United Kingdom 2038
259 University of Stirling United Kingdom 2050
260 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom 2040
261 University of the West of England United Kingdom 2030
262 University of Warwick United Kingdom 2050
263 University of West London United Kingdom 2030
264 University of Winchester United Kingdom TBC
265 University of York United Kingdom 2030
266 Worcester Students' Union United Kingdom 2030
267 University of Southampton United Kingdom 2030
268 University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom 2050
269 University of Worcester United Kingdom TBC
270 Bard College USA 2035
271 California State University, Chico USA 2030
272 California State University, Monterey Bay USA TBC
273 California State University, Northridge USA TBC
274 College of Saint Benedict USA TBC
275 Dickinson College USA 2020
276 Goddard College USA Carbon Neutral
277 Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation Inc USA 2025
278 Lewis & Clark College USA 2025
279 Naropa University USA 2040
280 New Mexico State University USA 2050
281 Saint Peter’s University USA 2040
282 Sierra Nevada College USA TBC
283 Southern Connecticut State University USA TBC
284 State University of New York USA 2040
285 Sterling College USA 2040
286 Swarthmore College USA 2035
287 Universidad Politécnica de Honduras USA 2030
288 University of California USA 2025
289 University of California Los Angeles USA 2025
290 University of California Merced USA 2030
291 University of California San Diego USA 2025
292 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) USA 2025
293 University of California Santa Cruz USA 2025
294 University of California, Berkeley USA 2025
295 University of California, Davis USA 2025
296 University of California, Irvine USA 2025
297 University of California, Riverside USA 2025
298 University of Colorado Boulder Student Government USA Carbon Neutral
299 University of California, Santa Barbara USA 2025
300 University of Illinois System USA 2050
301 University of Minnesota Morris USA 2025
302 University of San Francisco USA 2019
303 Wells College USA 2030
304 Western Washington University USA 2035
305 Virginia Wesleyan University USA 2040
306 Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo Universidad Central de Venezuela Venezuela TBC
307 Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertador Venezuela 2040
308 Universidad Valle del Momboy Venezuela 2025

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