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Dear Implementation Liaisons,
Last month the AASHE team that supports implementation activities for the ACUPCC met at our
offices in Lexington, Kentucky to finalize the business plan for 2009, and we took a team
picture to help you put faces to the names of the people who are working to support your
efforts. Julian is the Associate Director of AASHE and has led the planning and development
of the Reporting System and AASHE Resource Center, while Jon is the IT wunderkind who created
the system and designed this newsletter, among other things. Niles is the Project Coordinator
whose name you might have seen on various emails related to reporting and general implementation
questions. Brittany is the AASHE intern who sends you reminders about reporting and then calls
you to follow up! We have a lot of exciting activities planned for 2009 including expanding our
training and educational activities, revamping the ACUPCC website, and launching the CAP wiki
and Climate Forum, and as always we welcome you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or
By Julian Dautremont-Smith, Associate Director, AASHE
AASHE released another upgrade to the ACUPCC Reporting System this month. Signatories can now submit extension requests more easily through an online form. We've also automated a variety of notices to help keep signatories informed about upcoming reporting deadlines. Please let us know if you have any questions about the changes. Visit the Reporting System now.
By Walter Simpson, Retired UB Energy Officer
Attention Campus Climateers! We are happy to announce more resources to assist you in the development of your campus climate action plan (CAP)... a weekly CAP blog and (drum roll) a soon-to-be-posted climate action planning manual! With the help of peer reviewers, I am preparing a comprehensive CAP manual that we hope will fill a gap in the resources that are presently available. This manual will not be a cookbook because each college and university is going to have its own CAP recipe, but the manual will contain a great deal of "how to" detail--and we know many schools are looking for that kind of help. Campus climate neutrality is no easy undertaking and we want to help you keep your leadership commitment. We plan to post the CAP manual in late February as an on-line wiki--thus allowing you to add your own experience and knowledge to it... Read more.
By Jennifer Andrews, Campus Program Manager, Clean Air-Cool Planet
This article provides an overview of challenges related to accounting for campus-based carbon sequestration. CA-CP will be offering a series of webinars with expert speakers to delve into more specifics. Please check www.cleanair-coolplanet.org for forthcoming dates, times, and guest presenters.
In the years that CA-CP has been working with colleges, universities, and others to track and reduce carbon emissions, I've lost count of the number of greenhouse gas inventory questions we have gotten about carbon sinks from campus forests or other land. The questions generally fall into three camps: whether to measure such sinks, how to measure them, and, how to report them... Read more.
Collaborative Climate Action Plan Development: The Duke Endowment and Furman University Sponsor CAP Workshop
By Angela Halfacre, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Education
and Associate Professor of Political Science, Furman University
For more information about the CAP Workshop at Furman, including the agenda, presentations, and impressions of participants, go to http://www.furman.edu/sustain/capworkshop.htm.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of creating a Climate Action Plan (CAP)? Are you frustrated by the difficulties of galvanizing a campus behind the Presidents' Climate Commitment? Are you eager to learn from the efforts of others? The need to address these and other questions prompted The James B. Duke Endowment and Furman University to co-sponsor a CAP workshop in January 2009. The primary goal was to nurture collaboration, inspire creativity, and wrestle with CAP-related questions common to all campuses, and ultimately to create a CAP template for each school. Teams from four colleges that are annual beneficiaries of The Duke Endowment--Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University--converged at Furman's campus in Greenville, South Carolina. They were joined by representatives from Cornell University, Middlebury College, Pomona College, and the University of New Hampshire (UNH), along with staff members from Clean Air-Cool Planet... Read more.
Membership in AASHE provides excellent value for signatories of the ACUPCC, offering access to a rich array of online resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development. Join now!
Power Shift 2009
2009 Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference
Additional Webinars are available for download on the ACUPCC Web site.
Three Simple Steps to a Carbon Neutrality Plan Webcast
Creating Climate Action Plans, Clean Air-Cool Planet
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The ACUPCC Implementer
Issue 5, February 3, 2009