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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Campus Carbon Neutrality as a Pedagogical Tool

  • Calvin College (MI)

We asked our students a simple question, "What would it take to make our campus carbon neutral?" They discovered that on-campus sequestration potential is minimal, despite a 90-acre campus forest ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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GHG External Reporting: Collaborate, Collect, Report

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Keene State College (NH)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainability coordinators have limited time and resources to commit to greenhouse data collection and reporting, and the growing number of climate registries, tools and initiatives can be daunting to navigate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Role of Higher Education in the Climate Policy Debate

  • The Student PIRGs (OR)

Comprehensive climate policies have already passed in California and New Jersey. A dozen other states are currently debating similar policies. Congress will likely adopt some kind of climate policy in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mega University - Two Roads, One Path To Climate Neutrality

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Florida (FL)

The University of Florida and Arizona State University both enjoy grassroots support and top level leadership for sustainability. With 55 and 65 thousand students respectively, the development of a campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Case Study: Engaging Pomona College Students in an ACUPCC Climate Action Plan

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • CTG Energetics, Inc. (CA)

As colleges and universities embark on a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the ACUPCC, they are faced with creating a process that will accurately assess the campus' energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free by 2050

  • Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (MD)

Sustainability can only come if we can bring the CO2 content of our atmosphere back within safe limits. This will require large reduction in CO2 emissions from the industrialized nations ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Measuring Institutional Carbon "Foodprints"

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Amid growing concerns about climate change, colleges and universities across the country are conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in order to begin taking steps toward reducing their carbon footprint. Many ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using a Class to Conduct a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: Lessons from Macalester College

  • Macalester College (MN)

During spring 2008, students in Macalester College's environmental studies senior seminar conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory of Macalester College as their class project. This project is the campus ...

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Boldly Sustainable: Developing a Town-Gown Climate Action Plan in Ithaca, NY

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Performance Systems Development (NY)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (WI)

The success of the ACUPCC depends to a large extent on whether higher education institutions can not only move forward on their own campuses, but also build support for greenhouse ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Planning to Move Beyond Climate-neutral: Supporting Students in Catalyzing Change.

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The need for comprehensive, integrated climate action is offering new avenues for collaboration and the formation of new partnerships. Nowhere is this more visible than on campuses, where collaboration among ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Field Report for the Nelson Insitute for Environmental Studies Carbon Footprint Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (WI)

This project examines the carbon footprint of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (NI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of the NI Carbon Footprint Project is to provide ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Leverage Your Greenhouse Gas Inventory

  • Fitchburg State University (MA)
  • Sightlines (CT)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Campuses across the country are completing GHG inventories, many for the first time. Though the effort can be daunting and complicated, the inventory is an important strategic tool that institutions ...

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Overcoming the Challenges of Calculating your Carbon Footprint: An American University Case Study

  • American University (DC)
  • Facility Engineering Associates (VA)

As institutions that mold our future leaders and professionals, colleges and universities have a duty to set an example in promoting sustainability. Today, American colleges and universities are calling for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Creating a Carbon Footprint Baseline to Achieving Climate Neutrality: A Structured Approach to Meeting your ACUPCC Goals

  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)
  • City of Saint Anthony Village (MN)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)
  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Panelists will discuss how their ACUPCC activities have been couched within a broader master planning context, an energy management program context, and a dedicated process focused on meeting the terms ...

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Developing a Climate Action Plan with the Campus Carbon Calculator

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • Brighter Planet (IL)

Hundreds of schools across the US and Canada have relied upon the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator to measure their baseline GHG emissions and to track their progress in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Navigating GHG Inventory Methodologies: Comparing Experiences at Harvard and Clark University

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (MA)

This presentation explores the inventory tools and methods institutions of higher education might consider when approaching a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory of their campus. To elucidate the different calculation and ...

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The Presidents Climate Commitment and the University of Maine Master Plan

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is guiding over 500 institutions toward the ultimate goal of climate neutrality. As a charter signatory of the ACUPCC, the University ...

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Comparison of How Colleges Promote Greenhouse Gas Inventory Strategies

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

Ideally, everyone should care the environment because a clean planet is a necessity for the survival of the human race. The problem is however, not all students or college campuses ...

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Exchange Programs as a Potentially Cost Effective and Socially Beneficial Approach to Offsetting Carbon Emissions Locally

  • Oberlin College (OH)

To achieve carbon neutrality, organizations can balance unavoidable emissions by purchasing "carbon offsets" that provide credit for emissions captured or reduced elsewhere. Locally managed and implemented offset programs can provide ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Life Cycle Assessment of a Banana Split

  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

It seems everyone is talking about sustainability. We are bombarded with news, businesses, governments, parents, and academia about products ranging from cars to household cleaning agents. However, when one asks ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Ithaca College's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College has estimated its greenhouse gas inventory for the last seven years using the Clean-Air Cool-Planet excel-based calculator. The emissions inventory has been accomplished each year by an undergraduate ...

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Carbon Budgets as a Teachable Moment

  • Union College - NY (NY)

The calculation of a college's carbon budget one of the most important steps toward assessing an institution's sustainability and creating a plan to improve operations. Calculating carbon budgets ...

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University Leadership in Island Climate Mitigation

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

Islands are uniquely affected by climate change. Rising sea levels threaten coastal infrastructure and fresh water aquifers ocean acidification deteriorates coral reefs ecosystems and native forests are susceptible to new ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Fiscal Year 2008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Cornell University

  • Cornell University (NY)

Cornell University has been reporting GHG emissions associated with Central Utilities for the past decade. However, FY 2008 marks the first year of reporting GHG emissions associated with commuting and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using IPCC DDC Scenarios and MAGICC-SCENGEN Model for Teaching Global Climate Change

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Global climate change is a very complex phenomenon: students need to understand the causes of climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences, and the adaptation and mitigation options to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Focusing Again: The National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

February 2009 will be a watershed for the United States, and indeed, the planet. Decisions made in the first hundred days of the new congress will determine whether serious action ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Principles and Practices for Effective Sustainability Education

  • Luther College (IA)

So your president signed the President's Climate Commitment, and you've completed a carbon footprint analysis. What do you do about the education component? This presentation will provide an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Next Step: Developing and Implementing Climate Action Plans for Reducing Net GHG Emissions

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

With the challenge so critical and the stakes so high, the need for climate leadership has never been greater. The good news is that the higher education sector is responding ...

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Establishing Carbon Offsets for Univerities through Tree Planting in Rural Africa

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

In February of 2008, a representative of The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST), gave a presentation at Northern Arizona University outlining the function and methods used by ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Learning from Experience: Collaboration for Campus Carbon Cutbacks

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

This poster will reveal some preliminary findings from Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) new research project: Accelerating Campus Climate-Change Initiatives. RMI is partnering with AASHE to develop a comprehensive research ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Triple Bottom Line on Campus - Walking the Talk, Saving Money and Saving the Planet

  • Sterling Planet, Inc. (GA)

Through our experience with several colleges and universities, this presentation will discuss how college and universities have implement measures to lower there green house gas emissions, save money and create ...

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UBC Okanagan Campus Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality: Geothermal District Energy System

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The purpose of this brief is to share information about UBC Okanagan's campus roadmap to carbon neutrality, featuring the Geothermal District Energy System and related green building strategies.

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No Mow Zone Sign

  • Rosemont College (PA)

In 2008, Rosemont College created a No Mow Zone along a creek bed between Cardinal Hall & Alumni Hall. The no mow zone conservation area is intended to prevent sediment ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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The Earth Institute

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is the leading law school center focused on climate change and other critical environmental issues. Founded in 2008 with a generous ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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BS in Atmospheric Science

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Atmospheric Science includes the physics of climate variability and climate change, changes in stratospheric ozone, coupling of atmospheric chemistry and climate, changes in the oxidation capacity of the troposphere, smog ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Atmosphere/Energy

  • Stanford University (CA)

Atmosphere and energy are linked in two primary ways. First‚ fossil-fuel energy contributes directly to air pollution and climate change. Second‚ atmospheric winds‚ solar radiation and precipitation are sources of ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Energy, Civil Infrastructure & Climate

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The objective of the Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate (ECIC) program is to educate a cadre of professionals who will be able to analyze from engineering, environmental, economic, and management ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Certificate in Climate Change Management & Policy

  • George Washington University (DC)

The six-course, 18 credit Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy offers instruction in technological approaches to solving key planning issues. It focuses on the technical side of sustainability; the ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PgCert Carbon Innovation

  • University of Edinburgh

The online PG Certificate in Carbon Innovation is a ground-breaking development of the award-winning MSc in Carbon Management programme at the University of Edinburgh. Building on the proven success and ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PgCert Climate Change Management

  • University of Edinburgh

The online PG Certificate in Climate Change Management is a ground-breaking development of the award-winning MSc in Carbon Management programme at the University of Edinburgh. Building on the proven success ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Climate Change and Environmental Policy MSc

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

This programme provides a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy and governance. Students receive a solid foundation ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MS in Energy Policy & Climate

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

The program will prepare the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable energy systems. Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MSc in Carbon Management

  • University of Edinburgh

Carbon management is at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment. This is a growing sector with excellent employment ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MSc in Carbon Storage & Capture

  • University of Edinburgh

Geological reservoirs are vital for the hydrocarbon industry, drinking water supply and geological carbon storage. This programme provides training in reservoir geology and an overview of geological carbon storage including ...

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Takeaways from UConn at COP21

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Now that we’ve had a month or so since our return from Paris to reflect, what are the key takeaways from UConn’s first-ever participation in the UN’s ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guest Post: UConn COP21 Update

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Gazing out at the cacophony of asphalt, metal, and concrete, an inner conflict is brewing. As the scenes of Connecticut civilization blur by the bus window on the first leg ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guest Post: Bonjour from UConn @ COP21

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

We have finally arrived in Paris at the UN’s 21st annual international climate summit or Conference of the Parties (aka COP21). After a 3-hour bus ride from Storrs to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Universities, Colleges and Students Mobilize for Paris Climate Action

  • AASHE (PA)

The time to address climate change is now. AASHE believes the higher education community is poised to find and implement solutions to the drastically changing climate patterns that are sure ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Climate Change Resiliency: Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Background: The submitted research paper "Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study" is the result of a combination of learning opportunities that evolved into the final product. It began in summer 2014 at ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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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.