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 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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