Climate Action Plan Committee On Our Way!
I wanted to give an update on the Climate Action Plan (CAP) development process. On April 24th, I posted a blog about the CAP we are developing under the Presidents’ Climate Commitment President Jacobs signed in 2009. By signing this commitment, UT pledged itself to becoming climate neutral, meaning we emit no greenhouse gases or we have found ways to offset the gases we do emit. One of the requirements of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment is to create a Climate Action Plan (CAP) based on our Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This past January we completed the inventory and are now in the process of beginning the CAP. As you may remember, that blog post was to inform the community about our firs public meeting which we held at the end of April.
After that meeting, SEED worked to form the committee that will be charged with creating the document that will lead the University for the next several decades towards climate neutrality. We tried to ensure we had representation from across the University to ensure we create a plan that has UT community support. The committee has representatives from the SEED Initiative, Finance & Purchasing, Energy Management, Environmental Services & Recycling, Purchasing, Grounds & Transit, Provost & Academic Affairs, Government Relations, Community Wellness & Health Promotion, Student Experiences, Institutional Research, Dining Services & Aramark, External Affairs, and the President’s Office. It includes faculty from many different disciplines including Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Physics, Environmental Sciences, Business, and Sociology & Anthropology. It also includes student representatives from the Student Government, the Student Green Fund, and the Environmental Graduate Students organization. We even have a City of Toledo representative in order to continue the great partnerships we have with the COT.
We are currently working to find a time that will work for everyone to officially meet around mid-July! At our first meeting we will go over our purpose, create goals and parameters, go over our timeline, answer questions, and then we will assign tasks to be completed before the next meeting. I will be sure to blog after our first meeting to keep you informed on the planning process. You can also stay up to date on the CAP’s development by checking out our CAP page where you’ll find more information on our timeline and where we will post our documents as they become available. And if you missed the first public meeting, there will be more to come so that you can have a say in the CAP process for UT.
If you have questions or comments about the Climate Commitment, the CAP, or anything else, please do not hesitate to send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Brooke Mason is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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