In 2008, Tulane joined the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. The pledge includes measuring the university’s impact on climate change and developing a climate action plan to address these impacts. Participating universities publish their Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory data each year. Following the commitment, the University adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2015. The plan presents an analysis of the costs and savings of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It consists of short, medium and long term strategies to reach an ultimate goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Since 2006, Tulane University has been conducting an annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory, which tracks the emission of greenhouse gases from university activities to measure our impact on climate change. The inventory allows the university to analyze the effectiveness of Tulane’s efforts to address climate change and pinpoints areas to reduce GHG emissions.
Tulane Climate Action 2020 is a collaboration to develop our students’ capabilities to promote greenhouse gas emissions reductions on campus, locally, and globally.
The Office of Sustainability partners with other university departments, institutes, centers and student organizations to organize university-wide, interdisciplinary discussion of climate change and climate action. In 2020, we embark upon a year-long calendar of academic discussions and climate change action opportunities.
Watch for events and information about how you can reduce energy use in university buildings to help meet our 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goals.
If your department, office or student organization is hosting a climate change related event, add it to the calendar by emailing us the details at email@example.com.