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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Climate Change Minor

  • Cornell University (NY)

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and dozens of courses at Cornell explore the many facets of a warming world – from impacts on farming ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Climate Change Minor

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

The Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University seeks to maintain a team of engaged professionals from a range ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Human Dimensions of Climate Change Minor & Certificate

  • University of Victoria (BC)

We focus on climate change from the perspectives of all the major disciplines that emphasize the human elements of climate change. This includes psychology, economics, geography, anthropology, law, philosophy, political ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Climate Dynamics (PhD)

  • George Mason University (VA)

The mission of this program is to train the next generation of scientists in climate dynamics and related fields. Through a comprehensive grounding in classwork, our students learn about how ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Climate Change Certificate

  • University of Utah (UT)

As the impacts of climate change become more severe over the coming years and decades, companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations will be required to adapt and respond to climate ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Climate Change & Sustainability

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

an interdisciplinary minor, under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and housed in the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. A student enrolled in this minor will ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Duke University Carbon Policy on the Road to 2024: Policy Proposals

  • Duke University (NC)

The goal of our Bass Connections in Energy Team (henceforth “the Team”) was to research ways to measure and influence both individual and institutional change to reduce Duke University’s ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Planning for Campus-Community Resilience to Climate Change in Champaign-Urbana

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This literature study involves a two-prong analysis. The first part (Chapter 2) will involve review of literature, reports, websites of organizations who are involved in sustainability and resilience planning. The ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Building a Carbon Footprint of Clemson University's Main Campus

  • Clemson University (SC)

Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories have become a popular means for colleges and universities to better understand their environmental impact and quantify sustainability efforts. Clemson University is one of the many ...

  • Posted April 6, 2018
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Example RFP and Scorecard for Procurement/Advisory Services for Large Scale Renewable Energy

  • AASHE (PA)

This is an example RFP for a professional services firm to provide renewable energy procurement services that include the development and execution of an integrated strategy to procure renewable energy ...


Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change on Campus and Beyond

  • Colby College (ME)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Energy Action Coalition

"Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Focused Curricula with AMS Climate Studies

  • Coppin State University (MD)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

The intention of this webinar is to highlight the important of studying climate science and global change topics and working toward a climate literate society. Presenters will inform participants about ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Sustainability is Central-Volume III 2012-2015

Biennial report of the comprehensive, campus-wide sustainability program at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. This report summarizes all sustainability actions on campus and provides quantitative data on carbon footprint ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Pros and cons of online education as a measure to reduce carbon emissions in higher education in the Netherlands

  • Avans University
  • Open University of the Netherlands

Dutch institutions of higher education have to meet stringent requirements for energy efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions imposed by the national government and through voluntary agreements on energy-efficiency. This ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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An economic value assessment of ecological services in the tree community at Winona State University Arboretum

  • Winona State University (MN)

Trees possess intrinsic and extrinsic attributes that contribute to enhancing high environmental standards in a majority of landscapes, also while improving quality of life for human communities and other biota ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Experiential Learning and Pathways to Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Montana- Missoula (MT)

To date, more than 650 university presidents across the United States have become signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). A central goal of being a ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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State Of Sustainability In Higher Education 2017: Trends In Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

A report from Sightlines and The Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire

Over the past decade, higher education business, facilities, and sustainability officers have invested a great deal ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Critical success factors for embedding carbon management in organizations: lessons from the UK higher education sector

  • De Montfort University
  • Nottingham Trent University

Organizations are under increasing pressure from governments and stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions from their business operations for climate change mitigation. Universities are not exempt from this challenge and are ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Arizona State University Urban Forestry and Carbon Offsets Pilot

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

In 2017, the University Sustainability Practices (USP) office at Arizona State University (ASU) piloted a new urban forestry program to explore the viability of generating carbon offsets through local tree ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Climate change and higher education: Assessing factors that affect curriculum requirements

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

Pervasive misinformation about climate change might be reduced if colleges were to include the topic within general education curriculum. This paper analyzes the general education (or “core”) curriculum in the ...

  • Posted Feb. 12, 2018
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Carbon lock-in: an obstacle in higher education’s decarbonization pathways

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Carbon lock-in describes a force that perpetuates the fossil fuel energy system despite known risks and cost-effective alternatives, a consequence of which is the slow rate of diffusion of low-carbon ...

  • Posted Feb. 12, 2018
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Connecting Cities and Campuses through Climate Leadership Initiatives

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate change presents one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. Opportunities for inter-sectoral collaboration to drive climate solutions are beginning to emerge and mature with the higher education sector ...


Uncovering Risk in the Voluntary Carbon Market

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Urban Offsets, Inc.

Carbon offsets are often viewed by voluntary buyers as untrustworthy and providing little to no overall value to their core business. Six billion metric tons of carbon offsets trade annually ...

  • Posted Feb. 1, 2018
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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Talking Truth was initiated in fall 2015 to support and build on understanding of climate disruption. Our experiential events employ storytelling, film screenings, art making, author talks, and reflective writing ...


Best Option For Reducing On-Campus Private Car-Based CO2 Emissions: Reducing VKT Or Congestion?

  • Middle East Technical University

Reducing carbon footprint, especially from private cars, is an inevitable goal of sustainable transportation programs. Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, has a fairly large campus, for which ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Networks as a Tool for Social Change

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Mass social change requires mass, popular social movements that are aided by the support of a vast network of change makers. Decentralized networks, in particular, are well suited to catalyze ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Communications: Strategies to Build Political Will

  • Care About Climate, Inc (AZ)

Care About Climate is working to improve the marketing of what can be done to address climate change. We believe it is time to change the tenor of the conversation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Opening Keynote - Katharine Hayhoe

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Katharine Hayhoe, this year's opening keynote speaker, is an accomplished atmospheric scientist with over 120 peer-reviewed publications focusing on what climate change means for people and the environment. A ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Corrugated Pallets: How Campus Procurement Policies Can Drive National Change to Reduce Emissions, Advance Zero Waste, and Protect Employees

  • Change the Pallet (OR)

Change the Pallet is a national non-profit dedicated to reducing carbon emissions massively through education and advocacy with respect to the tremendous environmental benefits of corrugated paper pallets vs. traditional ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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16 Billion Trees Fell Last Year, Is Anyone Listening?

  • TreeZero Paper (GA)

Poster will detail impacts and risks of deforestation; opportunities for reducing paper use and example of easy solution to add to your sustainability efforts to reduce impact on deforestation, climate ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change film screening

  • Bullfrog Films (PA)

A 127-minute feature documentary. Filmmaker Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change in 12 countries, acknowledging that it may be too late to stop some of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Offsetting: Onsetting Scope 3 Emissions and Supporting Innovative Local Projects

  • Earth Deeds (MA)

Universities struggle to find meaningful ways to address their Scope 3 emissions, especially with regard to staff travel and study abroad. This session will explain carbon onsetting as a positive ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Multi Modal Sustainability FREE My Open Road App - A Great Tool to Reduce Carbon Footprint, Get Fit & Get Rewarded

  • My Open Road (CA)

My Open Road is a multimodal sustainability FREE mobile app that can help universities, MPOs to: Reduce traffic congestion; Encourage healthy lifestyles; Measure and record reductions in carbon emissions; Raise ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Path Towards Reaching Nitrogen Footprint Reduction Goals at the University of Virginia

  • University of Virginia (VA)

A nitrogen (N) footprint is the amount of reactive nitrogen (Nr; all N compounds except N2) released to the environment as a result of an entities' resource use. At the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Institutional challenges in CO2 footprint goals, inventorying, and implementing cost effective measures to meet the goals.

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Presentation addresses challenges in setting actionable goals for sustainability in educational institutions. Students have great passion but no experience; academics want hands-on and research opportunity; facility managers are pragmatic and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Climate Commitment: Getting the President to Move From 'no' to 'yes' -- and Then Maximizing the Impact of the Signature

  • Concordia College (NY)

At many colleges and universities, the president is highly reluctant to sign the Climate Commitment (of Second Nature), with its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality and increase community resilience. At ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Offsetting University Travel Through Energy Efficiency on Campus

  • Portland State University (OR)

At Portland State University (PSU), business travel is responsible for approximately 6,009 metric tons of carbon emissions, or 1,265 cars on the road, each year. Acknowledging that travel ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Academicians: How to Teach with Paul Hawken's 'DrawDown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming'

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Educators curious about how to adapt Paul Hawken's new book 'Drawdown' for use in the classroom (or for campus facilities and operations) should gather to share lessons learned and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Applying LEAN Concepts to Data Capture for Greenhouse Gas Reporting

  • Berea College (KY)

The Berea College Office of Sustainability submits yearly reports on greenhouse gas emissions based on travel done by faculty, staff, and students on behalf of the college. The types of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Cutting Carbon Through Electricity Diversification

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Renewable energy procurement can be a complicated process and projects are often not implemented due to institutional financial requirements, unclear or unfamiliar decision making processes, organizational inertia, concerns about technology ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Saying No and Saying Yes: The Strategy of Campus Climate Activism

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Our Climate (OR)

With the dramatic change in Washington DC policy towards climate, environment and sustainability, there has been a major upswing in campus activism. How can this student activism be most effective ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Getting to Zero: Integrating Carbon Neutrality Planning with a Campus Utility Master Plan at a Small Liberal Arts College

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

This presentation will cover how a small liberal arts college undertook an integrated Campus Utility Master Plan and Net Zero Carbon Strategy. It will explore how the Director of Sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bundled Offsets: Manage Risk and Benefit Local Communities

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Urban Offsets, Inc.

The strategy of offset bundling involves pairing 3rd party verified carbon offsets with local high co-benefit projects to assure climate impact and build local resilience. Tani Colbert-Sangree, of The Duke ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to Drive the Transformation Change Needed in your Institution to Achieve Climate Neutrality

  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, Western society has been built on the use of fossil fuels. In fact, energy consumption per capita is higher in Canada and the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Trends in climate change mitigation strategies. Which institutions are meeting their greenhouse gas reduction targets and why.

  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

In the last decade nearly 500 colleges and universities in North America have publicly declared their intention to combat climate change by reaching carbon neutrality. Of those, 325 have committed ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climatepedia: A Climate Action Network for the Nation

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Climatepedia was founded by undergraduate students in 2011 by UCLA students. It is now an emerging 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters at UC Irvine, UCLA, and Yale University ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Collaborative Studio Re-Imagining Wood Design and Construction

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

In the face of new and shifting demands for sustainable practices imposed upon the building industry and the world of design, wood is gaining popularity as a biodegradable and renewable ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Engaged Scholarship with Community Partners: What We Can Learn From our Peers' Greenhouse Gases

  • Colgate University (NY)

Through the class Sustainability & Climate Action Planning for Local Government at Colgate University, students engaged in community projects, one of which aimed to benchmark the University among its peer ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Carbon Pricing & Higher Ed: Internal Carbon Fees, Using Shadow Prices for Life Cycle Analysis, & Engaging Beyond the Campus

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Yale University (CT)

This interactive workshop will examine different models for internal carbon pricing, including models adopted by Yale, Vassar and Swarthmore. We will cover revenue neutral prices, prices that generate funds for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Riverbank Climate Collaboration: How MIT and BU are preparing for Climate Change from Both Sides of the River

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Preparing urban university campuses for the complexities and uncertainties of new and intensifying climate risks requires aggregating diverse expertise and resources including climate science, urban planning, utility and building systems ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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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.

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Air & Climate Partners

8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
Business Affiliate
Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Aircuity, Inc.

Newton, MA
Business Affiliate

Climate Remediation Foundation

Cambridge, MA
Business Affiliate
CRF educates the public on climate change while Soli® keeps carbon out of the atmosphere for every dollar spent.

Coalesce

Boston, MA
Business Affiliate
Coalesce designs solutions to meet campus specific needs, equipping the community with core competencies will empower stakeholders to adopt sustainability as an organizing principle.

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

Delta M Incorporated

Milton, ON
Business Affiliate
Delta M provides improved air quality within your current capital outlay - our filters cost the same as other quality filters on the market, but with added features that improves the air you breathe and diverts 100% of filter waste from landfills.

Fovea, LLC

Seattle, WA
Business Affiliate

Second Nature

Boston, MA
Business Affiliate
Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education.

Soli

Cambridge, MA
Business Affiliate
Soli® is a rewards program that fights climate change – it keeps two pounds of carbon out of the atmosphere for every $1 spent.