Air & Climate

Introduction

Global climate change is having myriad negative impacts throughout the world, including increased frequency and potency of extreme weather events, sea level rise, species extinction, water shortages, declining agricultural production, and spread of diseases. The impacts are particularly pronounced for low-income communities and countries. In addition, institutions that inventory and take steps to reduce their air pollutant emissions can positively impact the health of the campus community, as well as the health of their local communities and regions.

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30% Discount on Registration to the next Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) - March 6 - 8, 2023

  • Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OR)

AASHE members can automatically save 30% off registration to the next WOHESC which aims to inspire change, facilitate action + collaboration around 2023 theme: Mindscape/Landscape: Human Health, Social + Environmental Justice ...


Driving Change: Understanding Climate Impacts on Campus Transportation

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)
  • AASHE (PA)

The continental United States is experiencing an increase in the frequency and intensity of precipitation events which often lead to flooding. In the state of Maryland, between 2006 and 2020 ...

  • Posted Sept. 1, 2022
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TRU Campus Tree Program: What We Learned From Year One

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The TRU Sustainability Office started the new TRU Campus Tree Program in September 2021 as a one year pilot. The program was designed to allow members of the TRU community ...

  • Posted Sept. 1, 2022
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Farmington Solar Facility

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Bowdoin College (ME)
  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

Farmington Solar Project - The New England College Renewable Partnership (NECRP) is a consortium of five small New England liberal arts colleges - Smith, Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, and Williams - and is highlighted ...


Climate Action Exhibition

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

As part of developing AUS' Climate Action Plan (CAP) an exhibition was held to engage the entire AUS community. The exhibition explained the main focal points of the CAP, which ...


Center for Development Economic at Williams College

  • Williams College (MA)

The Center for Development Economics (CDE) at Williams College offers an intensive, 10 month (one academic year), master’s degree program designed for economists from low and middle-income countries who ...


Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987–2020

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020, at the Begovich Gallery will be the first time this seminal series is shown in its entirety. The exhibition features thirty years ...


Planetair ÉTS Portfolio (Applied Research) - Carbon credit project

  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure (QC)

Details of the PlanetairÉTS product


Greening Burundi Project launches with support from Cornell Climate Online Fellows

  • Cornell University (NY)

Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze, right, founder of the Greening Burundi Project, enjoys planting a few trees – on his way to a million trees – with a few children in his social network. Niyoyabikoze ...


Community tour of UMN Morris 240kW solar PV agrivoltaic field

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

During the UMN WCROC Midwest Farm Energy Confererence, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities, Bryan Herrmann gave visitors a tour of the new 240kW solar PV agrivoltaic field. This installation ...


Agnes Scott College - Rebekah Scott Hall LEED Platinum Renovation / Restoration

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

Rebekah Scott Hall is the third LEED-certified building on Agnes Scott’s 100 acre campus. The 1905 new Italian Renaissance Revival structure underwent renovation between May 2017 to August 2018 ...


Notre Dame, Indiana Michigan Power 'flip the switch' on new solar facility

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

Notre Dame Solar investment - In 2021, University of Notre Dame and Indiana Michigan Power held a ribbon cutting for St. Joseph Solar Farm, a 210-acre solar facility located about seven ...


The David A. Tepper Quadrangle at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Carnegie Mellon University's David A. Tepper Quadrangle, home of the university's Coulter Welcome Center and the Tepper School of Business, earned LEED Gold certification in 2019.

CMU will ...


Luther College Gateway Prairie

  • Luther College (IA)

Gateway Prairie, a 39.3-acre prairie and oak savanna, a part of 90 acres of restored prairies at Luther College. Students are drawn to prairies for restoration activities, research and ...


How to reach net-zero emissions? Extract CO2 and put it to better use

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Excess carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere can be isolated and transformed into value-added chemicals for fuels, a team of researchers in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering say ...


Trimming Energy use in Buildings

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Because climate change is fueled in part by buildings’ energy use, Manish Dixit, Texas A&M assistant professor of construction science, is studying how to reduce structures’ energy needs with a ...


Climate Action Plan RFP Guidelines: an open-source collaboration

  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

Overview The purpose of this document is to support staff members tasked with writing an RFP for a: Climate Action Plan Carbon Mitigation Plan Climate Action and Resilience Plan Climate ...


Campus Garden to Bring New Opportunities for Self-Sustainability

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Cal State Fullerton recently broke ground on a new campus garden that will serve as a tool for hands-on student learning. The ceremony was part of Cal State Fullerton’s ...


Webinar: Strategic Planning and Pathway Development for Significantly Reducing GHG Emissions (Scopes 1 and 2)

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Meeting the urgent call to mitigate the impacts of climate change: Given the early success with meeting GHG reduction targets by 2025, the University of Chicago has developed more ambitious ...

  • Posted June 14, 2022
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Scope 3 Business-related air travel Greenhouse Gas emissions at Royal Roads University, Victoria BC

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

I completed an analysis of GHG emissions for all air travel during the 2019 calendar year at Royal Roads University; this analysis included travel emissions of the University Executive; its ...

  • Posted June 13, 2022
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Anthropology - Climate Change and Human Solutions BA

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

This is an major in climate change solutions that will give students the knowledge and skills needed to help the world meet the challenges of climate change. It combines the ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Change Studies Minor

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

This interdisciplinary minor curriculum highlights UC San Diego’s broad campus expertise in understanding and responding to the challenges of climate change. The minor covers an understanding of the scientific ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Graduate Certificate in Climate Change, Hazards & Green Infrastructure Planning

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Change, Hazards and Green Infrastructure Planning provides students with a credential showing that they have unique skills in one of the most pressing topic areas ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Environmental Engineering BEng

  • University of Guelph (ON)

This interdisciplinary major fuses engineering and science principles together. Students will design treatment processes and systems to identify, prevent and clean up pollution of our land, water and air. Gain ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Science and Solutions MS

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Climate Science & Solutions (CSS) Professional Science Master’s program combines a foundation of climate science and sustainable systems studies with professional training and organizational skills to help graduates ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Atmospheric Sciences BS

  • University of Utah (UT)

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a minor for undergraduate students. Students with interest in severe weather, climate change, forecasting, broadcast meteorology ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Enviornmental Geoscience Emphasis

  • University of Utah (UT)

The Department of Geology and Geophysics offers Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree programs that are designed for students who wish to pursue professional careers in the Earth sciences or ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Atmospheric Sciences MS

  • University of Utah (UT)

The graduate program has been carefully designed to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad spectrum of the atmospheric sciences while allowing students to specialize for their thesis ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Atmospheric Sciences PhD

  • University of Utah (UT)

The graduate program has been carefully designed to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad spectrum of the atmospheric sciences while allowing students to specialize for their thesis ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Change Minor

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Climate Change minor emphasizes both the science and politics of climate change

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Science MS

  • George Mason University (VA)

The MS in Climate Science educates students to be climate professionals who can analyze and model advanced climate data. Students in the program learn to solve quantitative problems about atmospheric ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Earth Systems Science Minor

  • Clark University (MA)

ESS examines the structure and function of the parts of the Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and how these system interact with one another. This integrated science, which ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Science Minor

  • Northland College (WI)

The Climate Science minor helps students become informed citizens as they understand and articulate why climate change is happening. Students will study the interactions between Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The mission of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is to realize the vision through building pillars of excellence in the following three areas: Breakthrough discoveries through research in ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a minor with seven different tracks. These specific tracks are designed to give non-majors a background in the environmental and global change ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Global Climate Change Minor

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

The Global Climate Change option immerses students in the first principles of studying and interpreting the record of climate change. Students explore the sciences of climate change and its impact ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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MS in Global Climate and Environmental Change

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Global climate change is one of the most pressing scientific issues of our time, and has created an acute need for well-trained scientists versed in the complexity of the Earth ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Change Science and Adaptation Minor

  • Portland State University (OR)

Students will need to complete at least 27 credits to complete the Climate Change Science and Adaptation Minor. The minor may be earned simultaneously with a BA or BS degree ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Studies Minor

  • Boise State University (ID)

The Climate Studies Minor aims to help students understand past, current and future changes in climate and the effects of climate change on Earth’s atmospheric, biologic, hydrologic and ecologic ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Graduate Diploma in Climate Risk Management

  • University of Waterloo (ON)

The CRM diploma is for the early-to mid-career professionals who must integrate climate risk management into their regular professional duties. This part-time, entirely online program focuses on applied skills that ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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PhD in Environmental Science and Technology

  • National Tsing Hua University

To face the new challenges in the pollution of air, soil, and water brought on by environmental change and global warming, our program is designed to equip students with superb ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Climate Adaptation Certificate

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

As the climate change crisis continues there is an increasing need for professionals versed in climate adaptation. This certificate provides courses that will provide knowledge in the various ways to ...

  • Posted May 23, 2022
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Water–energy–carbon nexus at campus scale: Case of North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power

  • North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power
  • Nanjing University

Clarifying the nexus between water, energy, and carbon has great importance regarding regional sustainable development. A university campus is a multifunctional comprehensive community attribute suitable for exploring campus–scale water ...


BU Wind

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)
  • ENGIE (TX)

BU Wind is a clean energy project in South Dakota that the University enabled, fulfilling a key goal of the University’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). A central element of ...


Engaging with Indigenous Communities for Climate Action: The Bayano-McGill Reforestation Project

  • McGill University (QC)

The Bayano-McGill Reforestation Project is an initiative that is at the leading edge of carbon offsetting projects in higher education. The multi-faceted initiative, financed by the University, provides benefits to ...


CSU Faculty Learning Community in Teaching Climate Change and Resilience

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • California State University, Stanislaus (CA)
  • Cal Poly Humboldt (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

In the Spring of 2022, 62 faculty from six different California State University campuses representing over 30 disciplines participated in the CSU Faculty Learning Community in Teaching Climate Change and ...


Establishing and sustaining Indiana’s first higher education chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby at Purdue University

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

In an effort to learn how to meaningfully engage with my community on the issue of climate change, I joined Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization which advances ...


Information Disclosure and Climate-Friendly Consumption: Assessing the Impact of Carbon Labelling at a University Dining Hall

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Global dietary patterns are increasingly reliant on animal products, which are highly carbon intensive and significantly contribute to climate change. While transitioning towards plant-based diets is regarded as an important ...


UM Scope 3 Purchased Goods & Services Emissions Footprinting

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This project was conducted to address recommendations from the University ofMichigan’s President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality by footprinting the institution's Scope 3purchased goods and services greenhouse gas ...


SIMAP and Second Nature Reporting Webinar April 2021

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature

SIMAP and Second Nature Reporting Webinar April 2021

  • Posted May 20, 2022
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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