Climate Action Planning: A Review of Best Practices, Key Elements, and Common Climate Strategies for Signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
This report summarizes insights, lessons learned, and best practices gained from the analysis of 50 college and university climate action plans, most of which were developed by signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC commits schools to achieving carbon neutrality. Based on this analysis, the report summarizes the role climate action plans play in achieving climate neutrality; key elements of a climate action plan; and steps for creating a climate action plan. The report includes detailed discussion of stakeholder involvement, establishing a target date and interim targets for achieving climate neutrality, prioritizing emissions reduction strategies, and establishing metrics to track projects. Finally, the publication includes an overview of strategies commonly included in climate action plans. along with brief case studies showcasing strategies in specific institutions.
|Name||Signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)|
|Community Energy Goals||The goal of all ACUPCC signatories is to achieve climate neutrality. Signatories specify a target date for meeting this goal.|
|Baseline||Varies according to school.|
|Results to Date||Varies according to school.|
This report is targeted toward members of college or university communities (e.g., administrators, students, faculty, etc.) undertaking the process of developing or updating a climate action plan. Although some of the discussion pertains only to academic institutions (e.g., the integration of academic research strategies into a climate action plan), many of the insights are broadly to other types of communities. One highlight of the report is a discussion both of best practices in developing a climate action plan, and separate discussion of the key elements of a climate action plan.