Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.09
Liaison Susan Kidd
Submission Date May 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Agnes Scott College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Susan Kidd
Executive Director
Center for Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Climate Resilience Plan: Agnes Scott College & the City of Decatur

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Agnes Scott College has been on a path to carbon neutrality since 2007 when the college committed to the American College and University Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now called the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment. In 2015, Agnes Scott joined the Climate Commitment to expand our commitment to also include climate resilience. The resulting Climate Resilience plan was created as a joint effort between Agnes Scott College and the City of Decatur. The community of staff, students, and residents who will be impacted by climate change locally in the months and years to come are now more organized to face these challenges. Both the college and the city have a history of addressing environmental concerns and encouraging community activism. However, the limited funding and incentives for climate change in Georgia and the southeast have resulted in less ability to address local needs. This plan is meant to give the college and the city the ability to work together, move beyond these limits, create new solutions, and jointly find funding support when needed.

While many colleges and universities have committed to resilience planning through Second Nature, Agnes Scott is groundbreaking in its approach by partnering with the City of Decatur from the onset of the planning process. Linked below are both the Climate Resilience Plan and an interview on Atlanta NPR which features representatives from both Agnes Scott College and the City of Decatur.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Copy of Climate Resilience Plan: https://www.agnesscott.edu/sustainability/energy/crp-final-draft-02-25-21-1.pdf

NPR WABE interview with Susan Kidd (Agnes Scott Sustainability Director) and David Nifong (Lead for America fellow with the City of Decatur): https://www.wabe.org/agnes-scott-and-decatur-collaborate-to-create-a-climate-resilience-plan-for-the-city/

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