New Report: Guide to Climate Action Planning—Pathways to a Low-Carbon Campus
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National Wildlife Federation has just published a
new report for U.S.
college campuses. The report, entitled Guide to Climate Action Planning—Pathways
to a Low Carbon Campus, offers a comprehensive review of the strategies and
steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus, with best practices
from leading U.S. colleges and universities.
Guide to Climate Action Planning supports the work National
Wildlife Federation’s campus team is doing on campuses to bring down greenhouse
gas emissions once the organization has convinced them to undertake
a greenhouse gas inventory.
This guide addresses a simple question: How can colleges and
universities significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions quickly and
Reducing emissions without a climate action plan is like
constructing a building without a blueprint—the outcome is unlikely to meet the
original goals in a timely manner. Cutting an institution’s climate
footprint efficiently requires careful planning, but the time and energy
invested in this process are well worth the return.
The planning process engages a wide range of staff, faculty,
administrators, and students to analyze and prioritize an array of low-carbon
strategies. Once in place, the climate action plan provides the design and
timeline for achieving one’s carbon reduction goals. Colleges can use this
new guide to see how others have developed cutting edge climate action plans.
The guide can be obtained by visiting the Campus
Ecology Web site.