EcoTopic / Project Category
Buildings, Campus and Community Policy, Climate Adaptation
Project Goal Summary
The main goals of the Climate Action Plan are to make the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus carbon neutral by 2050. It outlines strategic ways the university can meet this goal by reducing emissions and improving student enagegement and education on sustainability. This is a foundational plan that can be built upon as the campus community embraces the University of Wisconsin-Barron County campus in summer 2018.
Project Goals and News
The previous Chancellor signed on to the American Colleges & Universities Presidents' Climate Committment in 2007 with the ultimate goal for UW-Eau Claire to become carbon neutral. Since then numerous greenhouse gas inventories have been conducted by University Honors students and a plan Climate Action Plan began formulating with this data in 2017. It has been nearly a decade in the making. In spring 2018 I have been responsible for the Climate Action Plan and involving shared governance bodies to formally support this document. The Student Senate (students), University Staff Council (staff) and University Senate (faculty and staff) thus far have all formally supported the plan through legislation or submitting a letter of support to the Chancellor. In May 2018 the Climate Action Plan Technical Team will be meeting with the Chancellor to discuss implementation strategies and relevant information. By involving shared governance the hope is the plan will have a long-lasting impact on the campus and be influential in decision making with future expansions, renovations and academic goals.
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climate action plan, carbon neutrality, campus emissions, shared governance