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 - Your Second Nature & IEN Teams
Friday, February 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Path to Carbon Neutrality: Thoughts and Reflections from North American Research Universities

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Arizona State University, University of British Columbia, and University of California - Merced each set operational goals for and achieved climate neutrality for scopes 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. Each university’s path to neutrality reflects its unique context in terms of climate, size, age of buildings and infrastructure, organizational culture, and regulatory environment. Together, their journeys reflect a tapestry of approaches and experiences that can help other institutions in their own race to address the climate crisis. Representatives from each university will share their journey and then engage in a discussion about how they can improve upon their institution’s solutions and/or expand their operational response to climate change.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Ambitious goals lead to action and progress
  • National policy can drive decarbonization. Canada carbon pricing
  • It seems that BIPOC communities are not at the decision making table for large infrastructure investments. Not sure where they fall in the decision making process. Most to the climate justice was focused on educational access and supporting community projects (tree planting, transportation, food) no mention of this consideration during contracting, governance, financing.

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Stephen Muzzy

Senior Manager of Climate Programs, Second Nature


John Madden

Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia
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Michael Dalrymple

Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University

Breeana Sylvas

Assistant Director Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Analytics, University of California, Merced

Friday February 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST