Climate change has occurred over many years and can often only be seen in microscopic clues. Measuring this change and finding innovative solutions to affect it will require organizational commitment, scientific expertise, and a culture of tenacity. Fortunately, we have that here at UB. UB plans to use the intelligence of its researchers to find cutting edge ways to analyze, measure and improve the impact of our actions.
1. Establish a working group including students, faculty and staff to continually assess cutting-edge research happening at UB (and throughout industry) that can be applied to carbon reduction tactics and how they may be leveraged for experiential learning opportunities
2. Create key performance indicators for climate action plan progress, which may include: annual or quarterly building level energy data updates, annual transportation data updates, biennial commute data updates, biennial food data updates and others
3. Conduct an annual review of campus-wide reduction strategies' impact on overall greenhouse gas footprint
4. Update carbon data for transparency in alignment with reporting periods for institutions such as STARS and Second Nature
5. Leverage UB's new data-rich footprint platform for faculty or student-led research that includes predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and customized applications that foster building a culture of change
UB will continue to use the SIMAP tool developed by the University of New Hampshire as our greenhouse gas impact calculator as well as strive to achieve quick and effective improvements to lessen the impact our university has on the environment.
Captain: Hadar Borden, program director, Blackstone Launchpad, Student Life