Climate Action Plan
“...higher education plays a critical role in accelerating climate action in two ways: as an institutional actor as well as an enabler of action.”
-Timothy Carter, President of Second Nature
The goal of the Climate Action Planning process is to develop a pathway by which our campus can achieve carbon neutrality. Through informed decision-making, availability of current information, and with thoughtful intent, these efforts will give members of the Appalachian community a voice on these critical issues that affect us all. This effort is being led by the Appalachian State University Sustainability Council and the Office of Sustainability. The majority of the Council’s existing working groups are continuing their work with a focus on the creation of the 2020 Climate Action Plan. A timeline and complete list of the 2020 climate action working groups can be found below.
Initial working group meetings to evaluate carbon reduction strategies:
- CAP Writing Group
- Campus Electricity Group
- Campus Heating Group
- University Transportation Group
CAP Webpage publication
January 31, 2020
First Facilitated Public Forum
Remaining working groups meet
March 31, 2020
Second Facilitated Public Forum
April 22, 2020 (50th Earth Day)
Draft Publication Target Date
The 2020 CAP is a living document designed for flexibility. Updates will occur on a regular basis
Climate Action Timeline
Greenhouse Gas Table: SIMAP
The following is the greenhouse gas inventory for Appalachian State, beginning in 2005.
There are currently 13 groups working on the Climate Action Plan (CAP), each focusing on the CAP through the lens of their topic. These groups are a combination of reimagined Sustainability Council sub-committees and Climate Action Plan-specific interest areas.
In addition to members who are experts in each area, each group has at least one representative from SGA, REI, Office of Sustainability, RIEE, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Climate Action Collaborative.
Groups will assess the impact of each area as it relates to the carbon footprint of the University, imagine mitigation strategies, offering efficiency gains, and investigate sourcing of lower- carbon alternatives.
Have convened as of December 2019:
- Climate Action Plan Writing Working Group
- Campus Heating
- Campus Electricity
- University Transportation
Groups that have been meeting as Sustainability Council subcommittees, will be meeting in Jan-Feb for CAP Writing:
- Academic Integration
- Climate Justice
- Climate Resiliency
- Embodied Carbon
- University Food Systems
- Natural Environment
- University Purchasing
- Zero Waste
All meetings are in the Office of Sustainability’s conference room.
1/22 - 10am - Purchased and Generated Electricity
1/30 - 11am - Purchased and Generated Electricity
2/5 - 10am - Purchased and Generated Electricity
1/29 - 9am - Campus Heating Working Group
2/5 - 1pm - Campus Heating Working Group
2/13 - 11am - Campus Heating Working Group
1/24 - 10am - Transportation Working Group