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ERIC Number: EJ943812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0736-0983
Beyond the Inventory: Planning for Campus Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Willson, Richard
Planning for Higher Education, v39 n1 p18-29 Oct-Dec 2010
Climate change planning is fast becoming an important element in university policy and governance. As the causes and impacts of global climate change become more apparent, many universities are embracing climate planning roles as community leaders, educators and researchers, and operators of major activity centers. For example, 685 university presidents have signed on to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (the Commitment), a pledge to make colleges and universities carbon neutral. The first two steps of the Commitment are to conduct a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and to adopt early actions to reduce GHG emissions. Many institutions are now preparing plans to achieve GHG neutrality. This article examines the key issues involved in developing a climate action plan (CAP), which must be completed within two years of signing on to the Commitment, using the efforts of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP) as a case study. The author suggests that climate action planning success depends on setting realistic targets, using cost-effectiveness analysis to sort strategies, and designing the process to match the university-planning culture. (Contains 6 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California