After massive student protest in the fall 2019 semester, Scripps College will become the final 5C to develop a climate action plan, Dean of Students Charlotte Johnson said in an email to Scripps students Jan. 30.
Based upon the recommendation of the Scripps Sustainability Committee, Scripps President Lara Tiedens approved and signed the Climate Leadership Statement and submitted it to Second Nature, an organization that helps colleges work towards carbon neutrality, Scripps spokesperson Rachael Warecki told TSL via email.
Warecki did not clarify whether signing the Climate Leadership Statement means the college is officially working toward carbon neutrality.
Students have long lamented that Scripps was the sole 5C not to have signed a commitment to attain carbon neutrality, and they rallied in November to urge Tiedens to rectify that. A petition had garnered 1,073 signatures as of Wednesday.
Student organizers Julia McCartan SC ’21 and Maggie Thompson SC ’20 told TSL in November 2019 that they had submitted a budget proposal for the college to sign the agreement.
Signing a carbon commitment would “demonstrate Scripps College’s commitment to sustainability, and hold Scripps accountable for creating and following a personalized, concrete, step-by-step plan to achieve carbon neutrality,” the petition said.
In May, ASCMC advocated for moving its target to 2030 from 2050, in the first resolution the body passed in over four years.
This story was last updated at 11:52 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2020.
Maria Heeter SC ’22 is an economics major from Dover, New Hampshire. She previously served as TSL’s fall 2020 editor-in-chief.