Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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Tufts University
PAE-5: Climate Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tina Woolston
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief summary of the climate plan’s long-term goals:

In 1999, Tufts University committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Kyoto Protocol (7% below 1990) and in 2003, President Lawrence Bacow renewed the University's dedication to climate protection by adopting the goals of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan (10% reduction by 2020). Compared to business-as-usual, this translates to a real reduction of about 30% below current CO2 levels.

A brief summary of the climate plan’s short-term goals:

1. CO2 Reductions (highest priority) - Realizing direct and measurable reductions in carbon emissions. CO2 emissions can be reduced through increasing energy-efficiency, switching fuels, decreasing energy demand, purchasing carbon credits.

2. Research and Monitoring - Developing an understanding of the actions needed and the incentives that must accompany them.

3. Education - Increasing awareness about climate change and the personal and institutional connections to the problem.

4. Outreach and Events - Helping other institutions to make similar efforts to reduce their own contributions to global climate change and increase their awareness of climate change action.

Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:

The website URL where information about the climate plan is available:

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