Elon University is a non-profit, private university with a historic 636-acre campus. With over 6,000 undergraduates, the school has built a national reputation for excellence based on five key factors: student-centered, globally-engaged, experimental, environment for learning, and ambitious. Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master's-level university in the nation. In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 America’s Best Colleges guide, Elon ranks #1 among Southern master's-level universities. Elon is the only university in the nation recognized for excellence in all eight program categories: study abroad, undergraduate research/creative projects, internships/co-ops, learning communities, service learning, writing in the disciplines, first-year experiences and senior capstone.
Completed in 2010, Elon's Climate Action Plan states a 2037 carbon neutral date and outlines emission reduction strategies and tactics to reach that goal. Among them is offsetting scope 3 emissions and specifically developing creative ways to offset their study abroad travel emissions.
Elon University's first community-based carbon project was hosted in Greensboro, NC in partnership with the city of Greensboro and Greensboro Beautiful. This location was selected based on land availability for the desired time frame and proximity to Elon’s Law School, which is located in downtown Greensboro.