Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.90
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Sarah Stoeckl
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Environmental Cost - Offsetting the Impacts of Study Abroad Travel

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

GEO, Office of Energy and Sustainability, and the Student Sustainability are collaborating on a project to make the study abroad experience more environmentally sustainable with an “Environmental Cost” option added to all study abroad applications. Students are given the choice to pay an amount of their choosing (with recommendations provided based on travel destination) to purchase carbon offsets directly, make a donation to a local organization focused on climate change, volunteer with one of the Student Sustainability Center's many quarterly opportunities, or not participate. The suggested offset/donation amount was calculated by the Office of Energy and Sustainability and was estimated by determining the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere by air travel from Eugene to the study abroad destination and then deciding on a reasonable amount to mitigate some or all of those emissions. Air travel is a significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, the primary contributor to global warming. This program represents a robust collaboration that empowers and educates students, while addressing one of the hardest sectors to decarbonize.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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