Oregon State University

Climate Plan

As a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, OSU has created a plan to become climate neutral - by 2025.

On September 15, 2009, OSU submitted its Climate Plan to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Key elements of the Plan include:

  • the relationship between the OSU Strategic Plan and climate neutrality
  • emissions trajectories and goals
  • targeted reductions by emissions category
  • climate change related education and community engagement
  • climate change related research

Planning Process

In summer 2008, a team of graduate students reviewed documents and collected benchmark information to begin the plan development process. The next steps included a public process whereby the Sustainability Office facilitated volunteer groups of OSU students, faculty and staff in drafting specific parts of OSU's climate plan.

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, OSU hosted a forum where the campus community was asked to help set the direction for university climate goals. Participants were asked to weigh in on priorities and focus areas.

During spring and summer 2009, the Sustainability Office issued several drafts of the Climate Plan and requested feedback from the OSU community through an online survey.

Climate Plan Archives

Version 1.2. A second major revision issued September 9.
Version 1.1. The first major revision was released August 26.
Version 1.0. On Aug.17, 2009, the Sustainability Office completed the first draft of the OSU Climate Plan.

Feedback on the OSU Climate Plan is still welcome.

Resources

State greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (page 2 of the pdf)
Climate Commitment Implementation Guide (pdf)
Env. Health and Engineering's Seven Steps to Developing a Climate Action Plan (pdf)
How to Account for Carbon Sinks in Campus Forests or Lands
Subscribe to Climate Commitment Implementer monthly newsletter
Climate Commitment Reporting System
Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science (pdf)

Also check out the OSU climate planning Google groups page, which archives the work from 2008.

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