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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eCO2village Solutions: A Model for Local Carbon Mitigation

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

Colleges and universities are key players in responding to global warming, but we are not reaching our full potential as agents of sustainable change. As educators, we need to move ...

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Climate Neutrality, Zero Net Energy Campuses, and Climate Action Plans - OH MY!

  • Mount Wachusett Community College (MA)

As the number of signatories to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment increases and Sustainability Teams effectively strengthen the trend for Climate Action Plans that target Carbon ...

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Participating in a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

Participating in a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change

CAMEL

Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning

Goals:

CAMEL is a FREE, COMPREHENSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, ONLINE RESOURCE for educators to enable them to ...

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Taking stock of iCAP: promises, promises, promises

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Most member institutions of AASHE are also signatories of the American Colleges and Universities President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). ACUPCC requires signatory institutions to conduct a climate assessment, prepare a ...

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Integrated Climate Action Planning on a Budget

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Of the close to 700 signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), less than half have completed their Climate Action Plans. Those that have submitted plans ...

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Comparing Methods of Estimating GHG Emissions from Air Travel

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This talk presents the results of different methods used to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from official air travel by the University of Arizona, and discusses improving estimates through improved ...

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Key Ingredients for Institutional Success in Implementing Climate Change Solutions

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The goal of achieving carbon-neutrality within institutions of higher learning is clear and measurable. In accordance with ACUPCC guidelines, climate action plans describe priorities, milestones, and the scale of the ...

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Sustainable Building Energy Systems: Independent Evaluation for Improved Decision-Making

  • EarthLinked Technologies (FL)
  • Southern Research Institute (NC)

Southern Research Institute - an affiliate of UAB - operates the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Technology Center for the U.S. EPA. The GHG Center evaluates technologies that provide improved energy efficiency, GHG ...

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goBEYOND: Student-led Initiatives to Bring Campuses Beyond Climate Neutral

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

How can we do more to solve the problems of climate change than we do to cause them? This is the question that inspired a small group of students to ...

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How Institutional Factors are Related to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Increasingly, institutions are reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a measure of sustainability. Higher education institutions are taking a leadership role as demonstrated by the American College and University Presidents ...

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Implementing a Climate Action Plan with a Campus-wide Committee

  • University of Wyoming (WY)

The University of Wyoming Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) was established in 2006 by President Tom Buchanan after students from the Campus Sustainability class (ENR 4600/5600) garnered support and proposed ...

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Building Climate Action Plans from Existing Plans, Targets and Laws

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh submitted its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) to ACUPCC in 2009. The Director of Sustainability (author) was asked to develop the CAP in approximately one ...

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Portland Community College-Measuring Progress of Climate Action Plan Implementation

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Portland Community College (PCC) developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) adopted in September 2009. The PCC CAP sets forth broad objectives and specific strategies for achieving the college's greenhouse ...

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Connecting Students and Communities through Climate Change Support Internships

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Local governments are increasingly compelled to take action on climate change, but are extremely challenged to respond as a result of limited resources, staff capacity and technical knowledge. In the ...

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Small is Beautiful: Climate Action Planning Opportunities for Small Colleges

  • Randolph College (VA)

Randolph College is a Charter signatory of the ACUPCC. Developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a major undertaking. Many institutions hire consultants to carry out the task, but other ...

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Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This panel highlights inspiring examples from the book, "Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives," a collaborative project by RMI and AASHE. Panelists from Furman University, Luther College, and University of Colorado at ...

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Accelerating Climate Action through Local, State and Regional Networks

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

With more and more colleges and universities beginning to create climate action plans and implement sustainability initiatives, the need for developing networks to accelerate learning through peer-to-peer interaction and best ...

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Local Carbon Offset Projects: Lessons Learned from Yale, Furman, and Duke Universities

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Yale University (CT)

Universities and Colleges across the nation are currently addressing climate change by making significant commitments to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. To meet their aggressive reduction targets campuses are identifying ...

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ACUPCC: Writing, Implementing and Supporting Climate Action Plans

  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Over 600 chancellors and presidents have signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. However, making the commitment and meeting it represent two very different tasks, the challenges which ...

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Calculating and Communicating the Carbon Benefit of Campus Trees

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

This dialogue and discussion session will facilitate creation of a peer-reviewed methodology for calculating and reporting the carbon sequestration of campus trees, to further the design of responsible policies for ...

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Lessons from COP15 and Moving Forward on Climate Education

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Our institutions provide hope in a time of discouragement. The UNFCCC 15th Conference of the Parties in December 2009 resulted in the Copenhagen Accord, a document which failed to live ...

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Creating a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Samford University (AL)

The rapidly evolving and interdisciplinary nature of climate change presents a challenge to colleges and universities as they seek to educate undergraduate students. To address this challenge, the National Council ...

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Carbon Offsets in a Local Setting: Final Results from the Green House Project

  • Ohio University (OH)

The Green House Project was a split-incentive and education program which targeted both student renters and their landlords (hence the "split") in the Athens OH area in order to improve ...

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goCARTS: Driving Learning Through Climate Action Plan Implementation

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2050. Climate neutrality means zero NET emissions. Interim goals include a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 ...

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Measuring Change in Pro-environmental Behavior: SJSU's Ecological Footprint Challenge

  • San Jose State University (CA)

In 2009, the Sustainability Initiative at San Jose State University created two unique programs to engage its 25,000 students, faculty, and staff in understanding and taking action on the ...

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AMS Climate Studies: Dynamic Climate Science Exploration for College Students

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

The American Meteorological Society has a long history of developing introductory college-level courses and has found them to be important avenues for advancing scientific literacy among the public. As a ...

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Assessing the Sustainability of Carbon Sequestration through Reforestation

  • George Mason University (VA)

Ashley Mott, M.S.

George Mason University, 2010

Project Director:

Dr. Sharon DeMonsabert

George Mason University began to address its greenhouse gas emissions with its Climate Action Plan commitment to ...

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Partnerships for Change: The Nova Scotia Community Emissions Challenge

  • Acadia University (NS)

As part of the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment's mandate to foster sustainability both on campus and in the community an emissions reduction outreach program targeted to Nova ...

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Beyond GHG Reduction. Climate Change adaptation for Dalhousie University.

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global and local environmental and sustainability challenges such as energy security, efficiency, and climate change are compounding. Universities across the world have responded by signing commitment statements, conducting GHG inventories ...

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Innovative Campus Sustainability Initiatives at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Eckerd College (FL)

Eckerd College signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. The College has data on campuswide greenhouse gas emissions since 2002. We will present this data ...

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International Collaborative Approaches to Tackling Climate Change Through Higher Eduction

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

Following the success of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Scotland's universities and colleges have publicly declared their intention to address the challenges of climate change ...

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Why Ohio U Won't Cede or Sell Its Renewable Energy Credits

  • Ohio University (OH)

Increasingly, colleges and universities are being approached by third party developers to install alternative energy systems on campus with little to no upfront capital investment. The catch? As part of ...

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Setting Ambitious Climate Action Targets

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

UBC adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2010 to advance towards a low-carbon future, committing the university to aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. Compared to 2007 levels, GHGs will ...

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Performance Matters, Tangible Progress on Mitigating Climate Change

  • University of Calgary (AB)

The University of Calgary (U of C) is a signatory to the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. This session will highlight how the U ...

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Clarifying Climate Confusion: Lessons from Climate Literacy

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Described by one observer as "as imperative for survival," climate literacy is a Presidential Priority. Yet tremendous work needs to be done particularly in higher education, to increase the number ...

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Climate Neutral Research Campuses

  • Alliance for Sustainable Energy (CO)

Climate Neutral: Research Campuses

Center of Excellence Provides Resources to Achieve Climate Neutrality

Abstract

A new climate action resource center illustrates the full range of campus climate action options with ...

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Corporate Climate Responsibility: Why Competition Will Save the World

  • Climate Counts

Benefiting from worldwide media coverage, the Climate Counts Company Scorecard has rapidly emerged as a credible measure of corporate climate responsibility. The Scorecard is driving stakeholder dialogue and soul-searching in ...

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Teaching Climate Change Across the Disciplines

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Global climate change has far reaching implications for the environment, social justice, and economic wellbeing, now and in the future. Effective teaching that enables students to think critically about climate ...

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A Collaborative Approach to Creating a More Sustainable Campus

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

As an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, (ACUPCC), Eastern Connecticut State University made clear its ongoing commitment to leadership in environmental responsibility. We are ...

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Assessment of emission reduction as a function of biomass boiler installation

  • Franklin Pierce University (NH)

Life cycle analysis of biomass (wood pellet) production demonstrates significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, when compared to the life cycle analysis of No. 2 heating fuel. Life cycle analysis ...

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We're on board with ACUPCC: Now what?

  • Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Almost 700 institutions of higher education are signatories to the ACUPCC and it is encouraging to note that this momentum appears to be building. Community or 4-year colleges, that have ...

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Interweaving Academic Reading Skill Development with Global Warming and Sustainability Education

  • Montgomery College (MD)

There are still people who do not know much about, or even deny the existence of, global warming. Education may, therefore, play a role in our efforts to reduce the ...

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Predictive Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Climate action plans currently developed by institutions of higher education across the country need to provide various mitigations strategies to achieve carbon neutrality in the "near future". These strategies are ...

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State Policy Influence on ACUPCC Climate Action Plans

  • Stetson University (FL)

Climate change policy in the US has been highly variable, with little structure at the federal level and great variability among states. The lack of overarching national climate change policy ...

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Demonstrating Carbon Sequestration with a Verifiable Land-Use Change

  • Truman State University (MO)

The use of degraded agricultural lands for carbon sequestration has the potential to store significant amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Through verifiable land-use changes, property owners could realize revenue by ...

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University of Northern BC Campus Bio-energy System

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

The University of Northern BC (UNBC) is located in Prince George, BC - Canada. The main campus of UNBC was opened in 1994 and currently hosts a student enrollment, faculty and ...

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University of Toronto Mississauga's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: A Case Study

  • University of Toronto (ON)

This presentation provides a case study of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)'s greenhouse gas inventory, in a Canadian regulatory context. This presentation will cover the rationale for completing ...

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Facilitating Effective Implementation of the ACUPCC

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) requires signatories to submit greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and climate action plans (CAPs) for their respective campuses. Although almost 700 presidents ...

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A Deliberative Poll on Climate Change

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

For climate policy decisions to be accepted at any institutional level, it is critically important to gain public support. Unfortunately for issues with important scientific and technical details such as ...

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A Carbon Footprint Calculator for On-campus Students: Development and Education

  • Rice University (TX)

Online carbon footprint calculators lack the specificity to allow students living on a university campus to estimate their personal carbon footprint. Because on-campus students do not receive residential energy bills ...

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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

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

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Gaithersburg, MD
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Milton, ON
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Fovea, LLC

Seattle, WA
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Second Nature

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

Soli

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