Mason to Form Climate Action Plan Subgroups

Posted: December 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Office of Sustainability and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) are developing Climate Action Plan (CAP) subgroups to help the university “map our way toward climate neutrality,” according to a recent announcement.

Each subgroup will learn to apply Mason’s standard CAP approach to one aspect of the multi-campus climate neutrality and energy-management strategy and will spend several hours each week during the spring semester on the project.

Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in spring 2009 as volunteers, and undergraduate and graduate students may participate as volunteers or for academic credit, under several different options.

The goal of the teams will be to investigate how Mason can achieve climate neutrality through policy and technical solutions, as committed in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment signed by Mason President Alan Merten in summer 2007.

For students, the CAP subgroup study options are

1. Sign up for a workshop-style seminar course led by ESP professor Dann Sklarew

2. Apply CAP-related work toward course work requirements for a related course, with instructor permission

3. Seek faculty supervision for independent study or internship for credit

4. Serve as a volunteer, with formal acknowledgment (or “public credit”) for contributions, but no academic credit

In return, participants are promised “a head start on rare job skills in high demand in this new era of green employment, both nationally and globally” and will have their names included as contributors in the university’s published CAP on the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment web site.

For faculty and staff members, the options for participation are

1. Sign up as a “subject-matter expert,” assisting subgroups with analyzing the most efficient and effective solutions for climate neutrality

2. Sign up as a subgroup member, working with students and other faculty and staff to brainstorm, assess and recommend solutions for climate neutrality

Prospective participants should e-mail Sustainability Coordinator Lenna Storm by Dec. 21. (E-mails received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) Indicate your interests with regard to climate (commuting, buildings, energy, heating, etc.) in your communication.

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