Climate Action Plan Committee Meeting #1 Recap
We had our first introductory Climate Action Plan Committee meetings last week! Due to conflicting schedules, we had to have two separate meetings each with half of the committee. We had some great discussions and I am confident we will create a comprehensive plan for UT to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and to increase climate change/sustainability related research and curriculum opportunities.
At the meeting we went over our fiscal year 2012 greenhouse gas inventory. A good understanding of the inventory is important as our plan will be based on the trends of the inventory. We also did some initial brainstorming of some potential projects that will be recommended in the plan.
All committee members were tasked with the goal of creating a list of 10 potential projects to bring to the next meeting. These should include at least 5 immediate and 5 long-term projects, each meeting one or more of the following goals: 1) reduce emissions, 2) increase research around these topics, or 3) increase opportunities in the curriculum around these topics. At our next meeting we will begin researching and narrowing down the project ideas to determine the most feasible projects. If you have project ideas for the committee to consider, email those to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them as a comment below!
Our meeting notes and the presentation from the meetings can be found at our CAP website. Our next meeting will be held the week of Aug. 12th-16th, exact date and time TBD.
We also have another dilemma which I hope you can help with! CAP is also the name of a great student organization on campus. We do not want to confuse the two, so we are looking for suggestions on what we should call our Climate Action Plan, ideas can also be emailed to email@example.com or left as a comment below!
Brooke Mason is the Interim Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo. A 2012 Bowling Green State University graduate with a degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Brooke is obsessive about environmental sustainability. In her position, she works on initiatives ranging from energy conservation, to recycling, to transportation, and much more. She is passionate about working with and educating students about the topic of sustainability. Everyday Brooke works to ensure the current generation can meet their need without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. In her spare time, she loves reading novels, oil painting, and exploring the outdoors.
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