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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Should Higher Education Go Carbon Neutral?: A Look at Forest Carbon

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Nearly 700 signatories to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) have voluntarily committed to taking measurable steps towards climate neutrality. For a college or university to achieve ...

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Saving $370 Million while Reducing Emissions by 35%

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In 2014, the President of the University of Maryland announced several new initiatives that will allow the university to save money while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. These ...

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Voluntary Sustainability Agreements as a Transition Niche

  • Chatham University (PA)

The lack of climate change leadership across many government levels in the United States has left a gap in the work of low-carbon transition for sustainability. Recognizing the importance and ...

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Seeing the Carbon for the Trees: Offsetting Air Travel Through Avoided Deforestation in Costa Rica

  • American University (DC)
  • Pax Natura Foundation (UT)

Achieving carbon neutrality requires reducing emissions at the source through efficiency and reduced consumption, while switching to clean, renewable sources of energy. Not only are these reductions technically feasible within ...

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Carbon-Reduction Efficacy Analysis of Transportation Alternatives: How to Prioritize Initiatives and Influence the Administration

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • Salt Lake Community College (UT)

California climate change legislation has increased the urgency for the state’s educational institutions to identify the most effective carbon-reduction strategies from their largest source of indirect carbon emissions – student ...

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Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC): Campus, Community, and Corporate Partnership for Climate Adaption and Resilience

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Van Ness Feldman (DC)

Addressing climate-related risks and the need for corresponding adaptation strategies is both a necessary and strategic priority for institutions of higher education in the 21st century. Colleges and universities face ...

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The Elephant in the Room: Confronting Your Embodied Emissions

  • Portland State University (OR)

Colleges and universities across the country are measuring their carbon footprint and taking steps to reduce it. Climate action plans call for energy efficiency upgrades, waste reduction, fuel efficient fleets ...

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ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Networking

  • Second Nature (MA)

An informal networking session for the Implementation Liaisons (ILs) from signatories (or those interested in becoming signatories) of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) . Meet ILs from ...

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The Social Experiment of Voluntary Carbon Offsets at App State

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

By the time the 2014 AASHE Conference opens in Portland Oregon is fall, Appalachian State will have, for the first time, made the voluntary purchase of carbon offsets a web-click ...

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Engaging students in Years of Living Dangerously

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

The YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is a journey into the eye of the storm, as Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists explore the issues of climate ...

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Parcel by Parcel Towards a More Refined Carbon Emissions Estimation for Livermore, CA

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Carbon accounting has become imperative in instituting regulations, developing major policies, and in expanding urban metabolism research. For years, city agencies have reported carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions across large ...

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Passport to carbon neutrality: study abroad and voluntary offsets

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver is uniquely situated near a thriving downtown and in the shadow of the stunning peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Studying abroad enhances and shapes the undergraduate ...

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Payment for Ecosystem Services for Carbon Sequestration in Haiti: Offsetting University Air Travel Emission to Meet Sustainability Goals

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

This case study explores the institutional dimension of a university program taking climate action at the community level, with a goal to contribute to sustainable development in Haiti, while building ...

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Engaging Students in Climate Research with High Altitude Stratospheric Balloons

  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)

For the last four years, Trevecca Nazarene University has been using small-scale high altitude balloon flights to engage students in climate research and raise awareness of that research within the ...

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State of the Campus Sustainability: Campus Carbon Calculator

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Over the past decade, college and universities have often been at the forefront of action and leadership on the issue of climate change. They have convened teams of environmental advocates ...

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Learning Adaptation through Real-Life Examples in AMS Climate Studies

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

Climate science literacy is not just about how people affect the climate, but how climate affects people; namely how people adapt to become more resilient. These are key ideas embedded ...

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Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change

  • Harvard University (MA)

Preparedness framing aligns public action on climate change with core community values (protecting our families, protecting our homes, protecting our communities. Robustness protects from damage. Resilience is recovering from damage.

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Beyond Carbon Offsetting: Making a Sustainable Living Class Carbon Conscious

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

This Case Study will report on how a university class measured and managed its carbon footprint in a way that directly supported campus sustainability projects. It’s clear that climate ...

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ASU Carbon Neutrality: Go BIG or Watch Everyone Else Pass You By - Campus Energy Efficiency at Scale

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

Universities and Colleges are leading the way toward a carbon neutral future for all of us. Arizona State University is an inspirational example of a campus on the frontlines of ...

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Climate Adaptation – The Role of Higher Education Institutions

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Arup (NY)

As global action languishes, institutions of higher education are beginning to ask questions. If the global community is successful in greenhouse gas mitigation, there will still be changes in climate ...

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On-site Power Purchase Agreements 101: What you really need to know

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

In an effort to address climate change universities across the nation have made formal commitments and set targets to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. They are now grappling with how ...

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A Framework for Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Leadership

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

With an eye to the future, AASHE, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Second Nature will share their vision for resilient and sustainable ...

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Passive Strategies: The Common Sense Approach to Energy Reduction

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)

The path to Carbon Neutrality or Net Zero starts with intelligent passive strategies that reduce loads and minimize a building’s reliance on carbon based energy before active strategies and ...

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Roadmap to Resilience: Assessing Tools and Strategies for Climate Preparedness on Campus

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

While campuses have made great strides in mitigating dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, the climate is changing in a way which will require alterted strategies for building, maintenence, investment, teaching and ...

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Sustainable Spelman: HBCU Climate Action Planning

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • O'Brien & Gere (NY)

The Vision of a Sustainable Spelman requires all of us to adopt an ethic of conservation. In January of 2013, Spelman College completed its Climate Action Plan (CAP) and submitted ...

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Off-site Power Purchase Agreements: How Long-term Contracts Can Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • ERG Consulting Firm (MA)

Colleges and universities are committing to aggressive emission reduction goals as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and meet their commitments under the ACUPCC. Electricity use commonly ...

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New Funding Sources to Drive Campus Clean Energy/GHG Leadership and Innovation

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Valencia College (FL)

This workshop introduces an entirely new funding source for colleges dedicated to pursuing aggressive clean energy efficiency goals: the voluntary carbon market. With announcements poised to be made at the ...

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Leveraging Community Partnerships to Enhance Climate Resiliency

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (DC)

Recent extreme storm events and new studies in climate science have brought to light the need to both prepare for a changing climate and to maintain strong relationships with host ...

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A Cap-and-Trade Model for RIT Commuters

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

As climate change awareness grows, several U.S. colleges and universities are tracking their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and have signed the American and University Presidents Climate Commitment (AUPCC), pledging ...

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Managing Campus Forests to Meet Carbon Neutrality Goals at Colgate University

  • Colgate University (NY)

Deforestation, land use changes and poor land management practices are major contributors to global climate change. Alternatively, sustainable forest management and conservation of open lands must be an important part ...

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Opportunities for Wind and Solar Technology Education: Stabilize Energy Costs

  • MV Green Power LLC (TX)

The presenters will also describe methods of incorporating the latest information on renewable energy technologies, solar and wind, into college course curricula. We also discuss ways of integrating these renewable ...

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Climate Adaptation in the West: Audits, Assessments, and Strategic Planning to Achieve Action

  • University of Denver (CO)

Colorado and many western states face hotter and likely drier futures. Acknowledging the need for resilience, students and staff at the University of Denver embarked on an expansive environmental assessment ...

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University’s Role in Building Resilient Businesses and Communities – The Case of the University of South Florida

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Disaster management professionals are at a critical point in history, when their decisions and actions will either have long‐lasting damaging effects within their communities, or make substantial contributions towards ...

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Warren Wilson College Campus Tree Inventory and Carbon Sequestration/Storage Analysis

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

In a partnership with the North Carolina Forest Service Warren Wilson College Landscaping Crew students and staff conducted an assessment of the vegetation composition, function, and value of the urban ...

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Emergent Beauty: A Tapestry of Student Engagement and Climate Change Interwoven Through Community Art

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

What happens when a community of students, faculty, and local citizens weave their voices together through the arts? Grounded in the diversity of each individual’s gift, a vibrant, living ...

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A Teaching Module on Climate Change for the Introductory Business Course

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Business managers are increasingly engaged with climate change issues, but pedagogy on climate change in the business curriculum is in the early stages of development. This session addresses the need ...

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Factoring Supply Chain into Scope 3 GHG Reporting

  • Emory University (GA)

Thanks to a push from large corporations such as Wal-Mart, many corporations are tracking the greenhouse gas emissions of their supply chain. Knowledge of your supply chain is essential for ...

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YERT 2.0: The Environmental Road Trip Continues

  • Media Changing Media LLC (PA)

Building off of themes and stories covered in their 2012 award-winning, sustainable-solutions eco-docu-comedy “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip,” with YERT 2.0 the YERT team is exploring through several film ...

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Making College and University Green Space More Resilient to Climate Change – Gardens, Landscaping, Habitat Restoration, and More

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Colleges and universities are more than a collection of buildings and paved roads. Many campuses have a tree-lined quad or other park-like areas. Wilder corners on campus protect wetlands, woods ...

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How Colleges and Universities Can Use Their Forested Holdings for Carbon Offsets and Other Sustainability Opportunities

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Forests are indisputably essential to the health of the planet, yet globally face intense pressure. They not only provide everyday products such as timber and paper, but also other critical ...

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Flexible Urban Water Systems for the Adaptation of Campuses to Future Change Pressures

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Water systems for new campuses or the major extension of existing campuses are designed for long operational life span of up to 50 years. However local change drivers such as ...

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Using Decision Pathways to Adapt Coastal Areas to a Changing Climate under Uncertain Risk: a Study of Three Australian Local Governments

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Risks associated with climate change are generally considered to increase as time progresses, but the degree to which this correlation holds for a specific coastal area is uncertain. When developing ...

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Financial and Physical Climate Change Resilience: Are Your Facilities Ready?

  • URS Corporation (MD)

The slow but steady pace of climate change is producing rapid and drastic weather changes worldwide. These changes are challenging the ability of facilities to perform their most basic function ...

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Beyond Sustainability: Resilience Thinking in Sustainability Education

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Sustainability can be thought of as the ability of human communities to persist over the long term through equitable sharing of natural, economic and cultural resources within and across generations ...

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A Novel Alternative to Purchasing Carbon Off-Sets

  • Utah State University (UT)

Nearly one-fifth (19%) of Utah State University's (USU) carbon emissions result from faculty, staff and students traveling on business. Travelers logged over 17 million miles in air travel and ...

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Mining Our Collective Experience: A New Tool for Illuminating and Prioritizing High-Impact, Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction Strategies

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

With significant and growing collective institutional experience in "greening" our campuses, it seems it should be relatively simple to determine where to start in our climate action plans-the "likely suspects ...

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Determining the GHG Emissions from Composting at The University of Arizona

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This study uses leading industry standards to quantify the net greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with Compost Cats, a student-run composting program at The University of Arizona. The Climate Action ...

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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Rural Communities: The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership is a National Science Foundation funded collaboration between Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop climate change education programs for ...

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The Yale Community Carbon Fund; Reducing Emissions and Increasing Economic Security in Local Communities

  • Yale University (CT)

The Yale Community Carbon Fund seeks both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase economic security for low-income people living in New Haven. Funds are raised through a combination ...

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Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders with Improved Climate Literacy through AMS Climate Studies

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

It is of utmost importance that tomorrow's leaders are climate literate. That responsibility falls on institutions training today's students. But many colleges and universities still do not offer ...

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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.