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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Post-Paris: Climate Commitments in Action Across Higher Ed, Business, and Cities

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network (IL)
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (VA)

The Paris climate agreement heralded a new form of international governance combining commitments by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with commitments from many other sectors-including universities, local governments, and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Virginia Power Dialog: Lessons Learned and What's Next in the Commonwealth

  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Motivated by the historic international climate agreement reached in Paris in December 2015 and by the adoption of the Clean Power Plan, The Virginia Power Dialog engaged college and university ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Utilizing Carbon Offsets To Fulfil the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This session will give an overview of the new guidelines for utilizing carbon offsets as part of the Second Nature Climate Commitments and highlight a sampling of some of the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Combat global warming for free? Find out how with UCapture (in partnership with TerraPass)

  • UCapture

As a consumer you face a moral dilemma: Your consumption emits greenhouse gases which cause global warming...however, the cost of offsetting your own CO2 emissions can be costly. UCapture ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Achieving the Impossible: How the Millennial Generation is Winning a Just & Sustainable Future in the Age of Climate Change

  • Elected Officials to Protect America

Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as the youngest-ever councilmember in Caroline, NY, and delegate to UN climate talks on how young people ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Getting Real About Climate Change: Grading Your University on What It's Actually Doing

  • The City College of New York (NY)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

We've been graded by our schools all our lives - now, we're going to grade them. Is your school doing its part to end the climate crisis, or is ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Can carbon offsets be community-based, educational, and affordable? The results of a 4 college collaborative research project.

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

What would be the best carbon offset? Can carbon offsets achieve measurable carbon reductions, as well as support the health and sustainability of our local communities and provide educational and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Obama, Bill Gates to lead major effort to spur spending on climate research

  • The Washington Post (DC)

This article describes the launch of two separate initiatives to invest billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. "Mission Innovation” is a commitment by countries - including United States ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Harvard to limit greenhouse gas emissions in new Allston construction

  • Harvard University (MA)

This article describes Harvard University's agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings constructed on its Allston campus. The agreement between the University and the Executive Office of ...


Master of Climate Change

  • University of Waterloo (ON)

The University of Waterloo’s Master of Climate Change (MCC) program focuses on the multiple ways climate change interacts with society and the environment. The MCC program provides a unique ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2016
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Making the invisible visible: how students make use of carbon footprint calculator in environmental education

  • University of Gothenburg

Problems concerning carbon dioxide emissions and other climate change-related issues are on the global political agenda and constantly debated in media. Such issues are important for individuals to enable active ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference Model: White Paper & Practical Guide

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This document was created to help stage nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conferences based on a model first implemented at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) in May of 2016. Compared to fly-in conferences ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Report: Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035

  • Cornell University (NY)

Created by the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group at Cornell University to better inform decision-making on reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. The report focuses on cost-benefit analysis of solutions to ...

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2016
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Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

Climate change is an enormous and increasingly urgent issue. This important book highlights how humanities disciplines can mobilize the creative and critical power of students, teachers, and communities to confront ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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Sustainability Photos from Colorado State University

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Posted Sept. 23, 2016
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Climate & Energy Strategy

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

UC Santa Cruz convenes staff, students and faculty to discuss how to meet the UC systemwide goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and next steps for implementation of the ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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UVic Administrative Services Building LEED Gold

  • University of Victoria (BC)

University of Victoria's Administrative Services Building LEED Gold

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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UConn Reserach Gathers Critical Information Needed in Fight to Save Wildlife

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

An international group of top biologists led by UConn ecologist Mark Urban is calling for a coordinated effort to gather important species information that is urgently needed to improve predictions ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Summer 2016 - St. John's University upgraded 41,000 lamps and 6,000 fixtures to LED

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

In Summer 2016, St. John's University invested $1.4 million to upgrade 41,000 lamps and 6,000 light fixtures to LED technology. Highlights of the project include:

  1. Utility ...
  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Columbia University Bike-Share Program

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Zagster (MA)

Columbia recognizes the many benefits of bicycle travel and is continuing its efforts towards growing bike culture as part of the University’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable Columbia ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UBC Sustainability - University Boulevard

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Using our campus as a living lab model, we are treating our campus as one interconnected system. We are continuously implementing strategies to effectively manage campus energy, water, waste, food ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UBC Sustainability - CIRS Building

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

CIRS was conceived as a building in which to push the envelope of sustainable design by integrating passive design strategies with innovative sustainable technologies.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Renewable Energy Projects at UC Santa Cruz

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, a cross-disciplinary group of engineering undergraduates--the "Green Wharf Renewable Energy Project" team--shows off its senior capstone design project, a low-impact marine microgrid energy ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Ball State University Campus-Wide Clean Energy Efficiency Geothermal Project

  • Ball State University (IN)

The system implementation demonstrates that geothermal energy coupled with ground source heat pump technology can be used on a large-scale district distribution system.


Business Instructional Facility Solar Array at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

UOIT Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (ON)

Located underneath the Campus Polonsky Commons shown here is the second largest geothermal well system in North America. The system serves all north campus buildings and is made up of ...


Certificate in Greenhouse Gas Management

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (MD)

The Certificate in Greenhouse Gas Management is designed to prepare students professionally to contribute to the coming low carbon future. The George Washington University partnered with the Greenhouse Gas Management ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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Master of Science in Energy Systems Management

  • University of San Francisco (CA)

The Master of Science in Energy Systems Management is designed for people seeking the skills and knowledge to work in the fast changing world of electrical generation, distribution, conservation, and ...

  • Posted Aug. 12, 2016
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The health effects of climate change: What does a nurse need to know?

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

The scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change has been established with increasing precision and there are widespread concerns about its potential to undermine the public health gains of the past ...


Guidelines for College-Level Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This guide is the product of a summer research project performing a GHG emissions inventory for Lewis & Clark College and a full school year refining the method. It includes ...


Achieving Carbon Neutrality at UCSB by 2025: A Critical Analysis of Technological and Financial Strategies

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In 2013, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano established the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI), a commitment to eliminate all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025. As one ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Co-designing research on transgressive learning in times of climate change

  • Wageningen University

This paper reflects on the epistemological context for the co-design of a research programme on transformative, transgressive learning emerging at the nexus of climate change, water and food security, energy ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Boldly Sustainable: Hope & Opportunity for Higher Education in the age of Climate Change

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Sustainability is a powerful strategy for higher education to achieve renewal, reformation, and relevance in the 21st century. Boldly Sustainable examines how colleges and universities can leverage their commitment to ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Pre-Service Teachers and Climate Change: A Stalemate?

  • James Cook University (Queensland)

Findings from the second phase of a study of pre-service teachers’ attitudes to environmental education and knowledge of climate change are reported in this paper. A sample of 87 pre-service ...

  • Posted June 20, 2016
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Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Climate change is in motion. If societies do not respond, their populations face water and food shortages and severe economic disruptions. Countless plant and animal species will be at risk ...

  • Posted June 20, 2016
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Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The master of advanced studies (MAS) in Climate Science and Policy is a unique program of study providing advanced training in climate science and policy for working professionals in government ...

  • Posted June 20, 2016
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Atlanta People's Climate March and Climate Summits

  • Georgia State University (GA)

Sustainable Energy Tribe (SET), the largest student environmental group on Georgia State University's campus, worked to make climate change and environmental justice major themes for the year. These efforts ...

  • Posted June 16, 2016
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UCSC Climate & Energy Strategy- A Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2025

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Over the past 18 months, UCSC has been implementing a process to develop a comprehensive Climate and Energy Strategy (CES) to support its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Middlebury College's Innovative Land Conservation and Financing Project

  • Middlebury College (VT)

In 1915, a visionary Vermont environmentalist bequeathed to Middlebury College a large tract of land, located 12 miles from the main campus, part of which became home to the College ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Carbon Neutrality at Université Laval

  • Universite Laval (QC)

As the first voluntarily carbon neutral university in Canada, Université Laval (UL) made sure its process was transparent so that any organization looking to combat climate change could refer to ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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The Morris Model: Catalyzing Community Resilience, Energy Conservation and Clean Energy Planning and Action

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) has demonstrated a successful planning approach with partners across the state to build climate resilience into the consciousness and planning efforts of the city ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Carbon management at universities: a reality check

  • University of Southampton

Carbon dioxide emissions from the higher education sector are globally significant. This study compares the performance of 20 institutions in English research-intensive universities to their self-set targets, using three key ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Carbon footprint analysis of student behavior for a sustainable university campus in China

  • Drexel University (PA)

Sustainable urban design, systems-level organizational planning, and human behavior have all been recognized for their potentially important roles in helping to reduce energy costs and associated environmental impacts, including greenhouse ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Doubling Energy Efficiency at the University of Michigan by 2030

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

Approximately 84 million Americans spend their days in colleges, universities, and public or private primary and secondary schools. The commercial building sector, which includes educational institutions, accounts for 18.44 ...


Development of a Carbon Capital Methodology for use by the Higher Education Community

  • Ball State University (IN)

Over a multiyear period, Ball State University collaborated in the development and piloted the implementation of a new methodology by which colleges and universities can qualify their carbon reduction credits ...


Carbon Neutral ExpoSaludable Fair Event in Bolivia

  • Berea College (KY)

We calculated the carbon emissions released during the ExpoSaludable fair in Bolivia to offset our footprint by planting trees in Santa Cruz, the city where the event takes place. The ...


Sustainable Fleet at Yale University

  • Yale University (CT)

At Yale University, transportation is vital to the University's operation. Fleet Management is a department that has gone to tremendous lengths to provide exceptional transit services for the entire ...


UC Cool Campus Challenge

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

In the fall of 2015, the Cool Campus Challenge (CCC) engaged nearly 20,000 staff, students and faculty at the University of California (UC) in an online pledge campaign aimed ...


Stanford Carbon Offsets to Reduce Emissions (SCORE)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Stanford Athletic Department boasts 36 varsity sports teams and over 900 student-athletes. These teams travel all over the country to compete at the highest levels of collegiate competition, but ...


The Urgent Need for Universities to Comprehensively Address Global Climate Change Across Disciplines and Programs

  • Minot State University (ND)

I review the status of scientific, political, and moral problems of global climate change (GCC) and, based on lessons from environmental and sustainability programs in universities, demonstrate that universities have ...

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
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Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Aircuity, Inc.

Newton, MA
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Climate Remediation Foundation

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

Coalesce

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.

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
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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
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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.