Climate Commitment

tulane climate commitment

Tulane University joined the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in Spring 2008.  President Scott Cowen announced the commitment at the first Clinton Global Initiative University, which was hosted by Tulane in March 2008.  To fulfill the commitment, the university needs to adopt a long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

In 2013 the consulting firm AEI was selected to re-visit and update a draft plan that had been developed internally.  The team will provide more rigorous analysis of the costs and savings of possible emissions reductions measures in the areas of university energy use and transportation.  After two discovery visits during the Spring semester, in Fall 2014 they will present their analysis and propose a plan for adoption. 

Each year Tulane inventories the greenhouse gas emissions that result from university activities.

Climate Action Planning Documents

Public Presentation Preview Materials - October 2014
Climate Action Planning uses terms and graphs that will be new to most members of the university community.

  1. Preview slides:   These slides show the key graphs that will be presented.  As analysis continues, results may change.
  2. Climate Action Planning Terms & Acronyms
Preliminary Analysis - September 2014
These presentations were reviewed by Tulane working groups in September 2014.

  1. Student Global Citizenship and Sustainability
  2. Transportation Working Group
Consulting Team Visit -- April 2014
  1. Transportation Working Group:  PresentationMeeting Notes
  2. Energy Demand Working Group:  Presentation  / Meeting Notes
  3. Energy Supply Working Group:  Presentation /   Meeting Notes
  4. Student Global Citizenship & Sustainability Working Group:  Presentation  / Meeting Notes
  5. Steering Committee:   Presentation /   Meeting Notes

  6. Draft Climate Action Plan 2011

Liz Davey, Office of Sustainability
phone: 504-865-5145

  1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, 2011 & 2012
  2. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, 2010
  3. Tulane University Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, 2006-2008
  4. Climate Commitment Advisory Committee
  5. Tulane Focus the Nation: a campus-wide conversation about climate change
  6. American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

Read More
  1. Quick trick to reduce your energy consumption (New Wave, March 25, 2013)
  2. Going Green (and I Don’t Mean My Hair) at Tulane (Tulane Talk, October 23, 2009)
  3. Tulane University Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (News release, October 23, 2009)
  4. Bulb-swapping Program Gets Green Light (New Wave, April 22, 2009)
  5. Carbon-Neutrality Plan Is in the Works (New Wave, March 25, 2009)
  6. Tulane Receives Mixed Marks (The Hullabaloo, October 3, 2008)
  7. Opinion of the Hullabaloo: Improve Green Standards (The Hullabaloo, October 3, 2008)
  8. A Truly Green Tulane (Tulane Talk, September 26, 2008)
  9. Tulane University Signs Commitment to Carbon Neutrality (News release, March 18, 2008)
  10. Event focuses students on climate change (Hullabaloo, February 1, 2008)
  11. Focus on Climate Change (New Wave, January 25, 2008)
  12. Tulane University Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2002)