Climate Commitments

WPUNJ Carbon Footprint

By utilizing data on which classes students take, if the students are classified as commuter students, what courses faculty may teach and their office hours, what type of hour range staff members are a part of, amongst other factors, we are able to pull home zip codes of these individuals and calculate approximate round trip mileage and carbon emissions based on Google maps and EPA national averages.

William Paterson University participates in a number of national initiatives focused on climate energy efficiency and sustainability:

We Are Still In, an initiative of more than 2,500 participants including governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., declaring their intent to support the Paris Climate Agreement and its continued implementation to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. The statement and list of participants is posted at

Second Nature Climate Leadership Carbon Commitment, which, among other goals, requires the designation of an institutional structure to develop and implement a sustainability plan to report on progress in achieving carbon neutrality. See

New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, which encourages higher education partners to consistently practice sustainability and contribute to the state, region and world’s emerging understanding of sustainability, through teaching, research, outreach, operations, and community life. See