The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Chevrolet’s efforts to help reduce U.S. colleges’ carbon footprints with a Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships, the automaker announced today.
Chevrolet’s Clean Energy Campus Campaign encouraged colleges and their students to undertake carbon reduction efforts, earning them carbon credits for the voluntary carbon market. Chevrolet then purchased the credits and retired them, rather than using them to offset to emissions from its vehicles or production operations.
Colleges and their students learned about the carbon reduction program through a series of webinars and workshops. They worked to reduce their carbon footprint by having LEED-certified rec centers, onsite renewable energy sources, upgrading to more efficient lighting and more.
“I am proud to recognize the Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign and all of our Climate Leadership Award winners for their actions to reduce the harmful carbon pollution that’s fueling climate change,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement. “Our winners are providing the leadership, commitment, and solutions needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the challenge of a changing climate head on.”
Chevrolet’s Clean Energy Campus Campaign is one aspect of its ongoing initiative to reduce 8 million metric tons of carbon emissions from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the carbon reduction benefit provided by a forest the size of Yellowstone National Park. Eleven different colleges support the initiative including Ball State University, Valencia College and the University of Illinois at Chicago.