Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Southern Oregon University
OP-T2-1: Air Travel Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Does the institution have policies and/or programs in place to reduce emissions from air travel?:

A brief description of the policies and/or programs:

As outlined in the university's Climate Action Plan, Southern Oregon University aims to reduce emissions from air travel by:

1. Encouraging alternative transportation modes.
Other modes of transportation compare well to flying in terms of speed and
convenience but have a lower carbon impact.
Proposed Actions: Incentivize carpooling.

2. Restricting reimbursements for air travel.
A restriction on travel may be necessary to reduce emissions from air travel.
Proposed Actions: Eliminate or reduce reimbursements for flights less than 150 miles from the
point of origin.

3. Encouraging alternatives to travel.
While in-person attendance at distant meetings is required in some cases,
technologies such as teleconferencing offer opportunities to reduce air travel
emissions. Travel time can be reduced while still allowing desired levels of
Proposed Actions: Expand teleconferencing opportunities to the entire campus community

The Sustainability Council is also currently reviewing options for a mandatory air travel offset program, where all university-funded air travel would be offset through the purchase of verified carbon offsets.

The website URL where information about the policies and/or programs is available:

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