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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Case Study of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Greenhouse gas (GHG) registries have been established in a number of states and several countries to provide organizations with a way to track their GHG emissions and develop long-term measures ...

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Campus Carbon Inventories

  • Sightlines (CT)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Clean Air-Cool Planet and Sightlines partnered in 2011 to redevelop the Campus Carbon CalculatorTM as a dynamic, web-based tool in order to streamline the transition from greenhouse gas analysis to ...

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Campus Carbon Calculator Transformed: A New Era in Campus Climate Action

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Over a decade of standardized measurement and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions has played a critical role in advancing the ability of higher education to provide leadership in climate action ...

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Drought Conditions in Texas and Oklahoma: Rethinking University Water Consumption

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

The La Niña weather pattern has caused severe drought conditions in Oklahoma and Texas, especially in West Texas since late 2010. As a result, communities as well as universities have ...

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YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip

  • Blue Lens, LLC (PA)

Bill McKibben says about YERT, "Here's a trip you'll wish you'd taken, and you'll be glad you get to watch!" Join us for the 60-minute educational ...

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Building Trust with Agricultural and Rural Decision-Makers through Climate Change Education in the Rural U.S. Central Great Plains

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership is developing climate education programming for agricultural producers, rural communities, and rural schools throughout Kansas and Nebraska. It is a National Science Foundation ...

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Getting a Handle on Your Campus Carbon Footprint: A Workshop for Minority-Serving Institutions

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Attendees (up to 12) will be asked to come with data from on their campuses and will be walked through the process of putting that data into the new, online ...

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AMS Climate Studies: A Great Primer for Green College Programs

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

As a greater number of educational institutions unveil green degree programs and reduce their environmental footprint, basic climate literacy is of utmost importance. To meet that growing demand, the American ...

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Mastering the Climate Action Plan: Managing Implementation Strategies from Diverse Campus Perspectives

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In the last two years, over one-third of those institutions that signed the American Colleges and University Presidents Climate Commitment have submitted their Climate Action Plan (CAP). These plans range ...

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Climate Neutral Research Campuses: Center of Excellence Provides Resources to Achieve Climate Neutrality

  • Cornell University (NY)

A new climate action resource center illustrates the full range of campus climate action options with technical resource links and leading examples of implementation. Climate Neutral: Research Campuses has been ...

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Climate Action Research Teams: An Academic and Operational Partnership to Enhance Institutional Climate Action

  • Ithaca College (NY)

This presentation details an ongoing academic and operational partnership in which a select research group of students partner with an interdisciplinary and cross-functional team of faculty and operational leaders to ...

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Planning Campus Climate Action in a Service Learning Course

  • Dickinson College (PA)

In spring semester 2011, students in the Sustainability Practicum course offered at our college were charged by our President's Commission on Environmental Sustainability with reviewing the college's climate ...

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Semester Immersion in Climate Change Science, Ecological History and Human Dimensions

  • Dickinson College (PA)

We are team teaching an interdisciplinary program in fall 2011 in which a dozen students and three faculty members will immerse themselves in explorations of the science, human and ecological ...

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A Focus on the Near-term: Analysis and Prioritization of Actionable Carbon Reduction Strategies

  • Carleton College (MN)

XYZ College's Climate Action Plan was the product of an enthusiastic committee effort involving students, faculty and staff. The CAP goal was to prioritize actions for the near-term that ...

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A New Approach to Offsetting: The College of William and Mary Carbon Offset Program

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

Carbon offsets are a means by which individuals or groups (i.e. corporations) compensate for their carbon footprint. These parties donate a calculated proportion to a project that reduces carbon ...

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GHG Inventories and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment: Benchmarking and Analysis

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

The higher education field lacks benchmarking methods in the area of greenhouse gas emission inventories. This study establishes useful benchmarks by examining the measurable characteristics of climate zone, size, and ...

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Down to Zero: a 5-part strategy to achieve your GHG reduction goals at any scale

  • Arup (NY)

A "green" reputation is increasingly seen as a differentiator for schools to attract funding, faculty, staff and students. 66% of college applicants search for information on a prospective school's ...

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Pittsburgh Climate Initiative In Review

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) is a collaborative effort designed to lead Pittsburgh's residents, businesses, government, and institutions of higher learning in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The ...

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A New Era in Campus Climate Action: Dynamic Online Inventory and Planning Tools

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Standardized measurement and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions has played an important role in advancing the ability of higher education as a sector to provide leadership on the issue of ...

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Corporate Climate Responsibility and the Race to the Top: 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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The Pittsburgh Higher Education Climate Consortium: A Partner in Community Climate Action

  • Duquesne University (PA)

The Pittsburgh Higher Education Climate Consortium (HECC) is one of the four sector-based elements of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) formally adopted by Pittsburgh City Council in August 2008. PCI ...

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Achieving Climate Neutrality by Building Local Partnerships: Local & High Quality Offset Purchasing

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Green Mountain College provides its students with opportunities to explore the meaning and significance of climate neutrality and encourages students to be engaged in the process of helping the College ...

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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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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.