Campus Climate Action Planning

Second Nature, working with topic experts, has developed resources that provide support in the climate action planning process, such as conducting greenhouse gas inventories, strategic planning, and reporting. See also:

The ACUPCC Implementation Guide

The Implementation Guide is the “handbook” of the ACUPCC, providing more detail on the specific obligations in the Commitment, explaining technical issues related to implementation, and outlining key policies. (Updated December 2012)
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Cool Campus! How-To Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning

This manual is designed to assist colleges and universities in creating climate action plans. It is intended to fill the gap in currently available resources by outlining a how-to approach for each of the various steps required to develop and implement a plan for campus climate leadership. Author: Walter Simpson, former U. Buffalo Energy Officer. (June 2009)
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Climate Action Planning: A Review of Best Practices, Key Elements, and Common Climate Strategies

Prepared by Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) with the support of the US EPA Green Power Partnership Program, this report analyzes 50 Climate Action Plans prepared by ACUPCC signatory institutions representing a range of sizes, regions, and breadth of degree offerings. It details important best practices in creating a CAP and identifies helpful approaches that any college or university can use in developing their first CAP or updating an existing one.  (October 2010)
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Financing Energy Performance Contracts (EPC)

Offers a detailed overview of the various financing options for EPC-based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. It also covers EPC’s impact on credit rating, and a matrix of the options’ distinguishing features. (April 2009)
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GHG Inventory Brief

Brief summary of common greenhouse gas inventory tools and resources, discussing the merits and drawbacks of each in the campus context. (July 2008)
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