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Carbon Neutrality Resources

Vassar's 2011 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

In 2010-2011 the College Committee on Sustainability wrote the 2011 GHG Reduction Plan to explore the initial steps Vassar should take to reduce its environmental impact.

Geography 256: Sustainability Planning & Practice

In Spring 2015, Professor Mary Ann Cunningham had her class study master plans and climate action plans from across the country. Their work culminated in a series of investigations and recommendations for sustainability initatives that Vassar should pursue. The 2015 work-in-progress Sustainability Plan.

Environmental Defense Fund - Climate Corps

Vassar has worked with the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps, a fellowship program that matches graduate students with organizations to provide support for energy-management initatives, for 2 years. Summaries of the work Vassar's 4 fellows have completed is available here: EDF Climate Corps

Climate Corps, URSI, FORD & Internal Carbon Taxes

In Summer 2015, the Vassar Environmental Research Institute expanded our Climate Corps partnership and sponsored 2 URSI Fellows and 1 FORD Scholar student to model what an internal carbon charge at Vassar would look like. 

A White Paper of our findings may be found here: Internal Carbon Accounting at a Small Liberal Arts College

Along with presentations from the URSI and FORD symposiums:

Climate Action Plans from peer institutions

Middlebury’s Climate Action Plan (written 2008, target 2016) (related web site)

Oberlin’s Plan to be Carbon Neutral (2009, target 2025) (related web site)

Carleton’s Climate Action Plan (2011, targets 2020-2030) (related web site)

Swarthmore Climate Action Plan (target 2035) (related web site)

Williams announcement (Sept 10, 2015) (related web site)

Union College Climate Action Plan (2010, target 2055) (related web site)