Environmental Science and Management (ESM)
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Climate action plan, Climate change, Greenhouse gas emissions, Greenhouse gas inventories, Institutions of higher education, Mitigation
Despite hundreds of Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) pledging action against climate change, there is little research on how to effectively enable these initiatives. This study utilizes a survey to analyze the role of greenhouse gas inventories (GHGI) in climate change mitigation within IHE. Among 62 responses, 46 indicated GHGI was helpful in decisions regarding emission reduction measures; 54 reported having a climate action plan (CAP) or sustainability policy (SP); 49 used GHGI in forming the CAP/SP. 95% of the respondents signed the ACUPCC pledge. When GHGI was used the IHE was more likely to have higher emission reductions (above 10%) than when the GHGI was not (10% and below). GHGI helped institutions in: identifying sources and quantifying emissions; saving costs; monitoring emissions reduction; raising awareness about climate change; and teaching. This study suggests how IHE stakeholders can better enable GHGIs and implement impactful climate change initiatives.
Tehmina, S. (2014). Role of greenhouse gas inventories in climate change mitigation at institutions of higher education (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1271