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Climate Action Plan for Fairfield University

Submitted on August 29, 2011; last updated on August 29, 2011

Climate Action Plan Details

Climate Action Plan Fairfield University Climate Action Plan
August 1, 2011
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Emissions Targets

Climate Neutrality Target
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If you have any qualifying statements with regard to the climate neutrality target date, please include them here, and/or if you have chosen "TBD" and not specified a neutrality date, please enter the reason and explain the process for establishing a target date in the future.

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Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline
20% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2020 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
85% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2050 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
Nonstandard Emissions Targets
Please enter below any targets that do not fit into the above format.

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Please describe your institution's greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

Consistent with the national target reductions established by the United States Congress, Fairfield University has set its total emission reduction goals at 20% by 2020 and 85% by 2050 against the baseline year 2005. This would require the University to be emitting a maximum of 21,523 Mt CO2-eq in 2020 and 4,035.6 in 2050. As is to be expected, a large portion of the execution of this plan will be reliant on future technologies. The Campus Sustainability Committee, however, believes that it is most important to focus on setting and executing specific and tangible action goals first, and rely on technological advancements and potentially carbon credits secondarily.

Please describe your institution's plans to make sustainability a part of the curriculum for all students.

In academics, the involved faculty have done an excellent job at incorporating environmental issues of justice, politics, and science into their courses and the Core Curriculum. Unfortunately, however, a minority of the student population is ever exposed to these courses because of the limits of each major. The Program on the Environment should continue expanding into all facets of the curriculum, and consider joint courses with required programs (ie: cluster courses, Residential College courses, etc.). Additionally, the student groups must continue growth and education of the University community, for the participation of students is key in the transition to a sustainable campus.

Please describe your institution's plans to expand research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality.

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Please describe your institution's plans to expand community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality.

The University has not set formal plans for integrating the community in the climate neutrality goal. Many students, faculty, and staff, however, live in the area surrounding the University and are thus involved in organizations and operations outside the bounds of Fairfield University. The integration of these community-based groups within the University is necessary to move toward the neutrality goal, and the Campus Sustainability Committee will emphasize this importance.