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Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus

  • David J. Eagan, Julian Keniry, and Justin Schott with Praween Dayananda, Kristy Jones, and Lisa Madry
  • Jan 01, 2008

Highlighting the business, educational, and moral arguments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus, with best practices from U.S. colleges and universities

This richly detailed guide to climate action at colleges and universities focuses on the numbers—with examples showing how schools cut emissions, saved money and made a difference. It gives how-to steps for conducting an inventory, creating a plan and leading toward a sustainable future.

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

What Climate Science Tells Us

  • The 2% per year path; 80% emissions reduction by 2050

Higher Education and the Case for Climate Action

  • U.S. higher education: Size, economics and values
  • Campus climate footprint: Built space & GHG emissions
  • Opportunities for the future: Return on investment, New majors & careers, Increased security

Stepping Up: Strategies for Climate Action

  • Establishing institutional commitment
  • Building a climate action team
  • Conducting a greenhouse gas inventory
  • Developing and implementing a climate action plan

Implementing Climate Action Solutions
With case examples on: Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Fuel switching & cogeneration, Green buildings, Transportation, Renewable energy credits, Campus habitat, Behavior change, Top 5 for a Fast Start.

Financing Climate Action
Including: Performance contracts, Student self-assessed fees, Revolving loan funds, Endowments, and more.

Becoming a Campus Climate Champion

Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus


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