A long range Climate Action Plan guides the school’s efforts to be carbon neutral by 2016.  Berkshire tracks its carbon emissions with the Clean Air-Cool Planet calculator (the calculator is the leading tool for assessing campus greenhouse gas emissions across the country).  Data goes back to Sept of 1999 and covers scope 1, 2 and a great variety of scope 3 emissions.

Success is assessed using Protostar, a metric adapted from the STARS metrics developed by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  Protostar is a broad-based, stakeholder-designed, tested framework.  It is transparent, self-reporting, and enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements.  Berkshire’s rating is updated on an annual basis.

As of Sept 2013, Berkshire earned gold status. 

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