In some situations, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions is not feasible: think air travel. Where current solutions do not exist or eliminating a critical business function would cause monumental hardship, UB will work to build localized carbon offset programs that reduce an equivalent amount of carbon emission (e.g., planting trees and weatherization projects for communities in need). UB plans to obtain enough carbon offsets to fill the gap thus obtaining carbon neutrality by 2030.
Phase I (2020): Establish a working group to provide university recommendations on creation of a certified local carbon offset program focused on campus and/or regional impact that will partner with non-governmental organizations, faculty, students and community
Phase II (2023): Develop a menu of options for carbon offset purchases to be used across the campus by 2023
Phase III (2024): Begin implementation of offset program in pilot program phase
Phase IV (2025): Commence purchasing of carbon offsets by the campus community through the program to fill existing campus gap (if needed) to achieve overall GHG reduction to 50%
Phase V (2030): Complete purchasing of carbon offsets by the campus community through the program to fill existing campus gap to achieve 100% GHG reduction and thus obtain net climate neutrality
Tactics and strategies will be developed under the Carbon Offset Network from Second Nature.
Captain: William McDonnell, associate vice provost for Academic Planning