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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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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Climate Impact Offset Charge (CLIO) for University of Pennsylvania Air Travel

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

As of July, 2021, the University of Pennsylvania enacted a University-wide travel sustainability policy that created the Climate Impact Offset (CLIO) charge to pay for projects that offset the carbon ...


The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • UNESCO
  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • University of Essex
  • Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • École d'économie de Paris
  • Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on ...


Research on low-carbon campus based on ecological footprint evaluation and machine learning: A case study in China

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Perugia
  • Northumbria University (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Universities, the important locations for scientific research and education, have the responsibility to lead ecological civilization and low carbon transition. Ecological footprint evaluation (EFE) is usually used to measure sustainability ...


Introducing the Nitrogen Footprint in SIMAP: A Review of Improvements in Nitrogen Footprint Methodology for Institutions

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Marine Biological Laboratory (MA)

Nitrogen (N) footprint assessments have served as tools for sustainability, research, and education at institutions of higher learning by connecting institutional activities and resource consumption with environmental impacts through the ...


Assessment of the Ecological Footprint of Eskisehir Technical University–Iki Eylul Campus

  • Eskişehir Technical University
  • Kastamonu Universitesi

Sustainable development is a concept that has started gaining importance in recent years. It helps reduce the environmental impacts of cities with dense human populations. On a smaller scale, social ...


Towards Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education Institutions: Case of Two Private Universities in Colombia

  • Universidad EAN
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

This paper addresses the path followed by two private higher education institutions (HEI) in Colombia towards achieving carbon neutrality. The methodology followed by these universities to achieve a carbon-neutral certification ...


Quantitative assessment of environmental impacts at the urban scale: the ecological footprint of a university campus

  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Politecnico di Torino

This paper explores the consumption-based ecological footprint method and its application aiming at a quantitative assessment of the sustainability of a university campus. The goal is to inform the planning ...


Scalable pathways to net zero carbon in the UK higher education sector: A systematic review of smart energy systems in university campuses

  • Buro Happold (NY)
  • University College London (London)

The following literature review sets out the state-of-the-art research relating to smart building principles and smart energy systems in UK higher education university campuses. The paper begins by discussing the ...


Arranging university semester date to minimize annual CO2 emission: A UK university case study

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Tsinghua University
  • Sichuan University

Existing methods of reducing carbon emissions on campus often require substantial investment, and the potential opportunities for carbon dioxide and energy savings in universities with existing infrastructure have not been ...


Considering Indigenous Environmental Issues in Canadian Curricula: A Critical Discourse Analysis

  • Concordia University (IL)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

This article presents insights from a curricular review of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories with a focus on critical Indigenous environmental issues. This inquiry was conducted amidst nationally ...


Achieving Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education Institutions: A Review

  • Victoria University (Victoria)
  • Charles Darwin University

Universities and higher education institutions play an important role in achieving a sustainable future through their teaching and by undertaking cutting edge research to combat climate change. There have been ...


Carbon Footprint at a United Arab Emirates University: GHG Protocol

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

University campuses can be leaders of change by tracking carbon footprints and establishing strategies for reductions. The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has led this effort in the United Arab ...


Correlation between electric energy use and CO2 emissions in a university campus in Brazil

  • Universidade Federal Fluminense

The purpose of this article is to examine the correlations between greenhouse gas (GHG) by CO2eq emissions and the use of electricity on the Praia Vermelha campus of the Universidade ...


Energy consumption in university commuting: Barriers, policies and reduction scenarios in León (Spain)

  • Universidad de León

There is a growing interest in university commuting that aims at identifying patterns of behavior, as well as the main barriers limiting the advances in sustainable mobility on campus. This ...


Characterization of travel behavior at a university campus: A case study of Sharjah University City, UAE

  • University of Sharjah

Travelers to university campuses tend to follow particular travel patterns; hence, assessing these patterns offers a unique opportunity to recognize this important population group. This study investigates the differences among ...


Exploring sustainable student travel behaviour in The Netherlands: balancing online and on-campus learning

  • Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Wageningen University

Daily commuting trips of higher education (HE) students account for a large proportion of the carbon footprint of a HE institution. Considerations of students underlying their choice of travel mode ...


Climate Emergency: UK Universities' Declarations and Their Role in Responding to Climate Change

  • Cardiff University

On April 17, 2019, the University of Bristol became the first university in the United Kingdom (UK) to declare a climate emergency. Against a backdrop of high visibility and public ...


Kicking the Habit: Rethinking Academic Hypermobility in the Anthropocene

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Examining the hypermobility of many “elite” academic workers, this article situates mobility within the context of higher education and sustainability, decoloniality, and institutionalized expectations for academic travel. The mobility of ...

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