Unit Level Carbon Planning
The OSU Sustainability Office will work with academic colleges and administrative divisions to create college and division (unit) level carbon plans that reduce carbon emissions and integrate sustainability and climate change education across curriculum and research efforts. The goal is to increase and standardize practices that help reach OSU's aggressive carbon emissions reduction goals and support OSU's Strategic Plan.
Unit level carbon planning is adaptive to unit needs, and guidance is available. Recognizing the need for a tailored approach, and after extensive benchmarking and development, the Sustainability Office and our partners adapted the toolkit below from similar work at Penn State University.
Carbon Planning Toolkit Introduction
Our goal is to inspire individual actions at the unit level related to operations, curriculum and research that reduce global carbon emissions. One method successful at other leading institutions is unit level education, assessment and conversation. At OSU, this process will be supported by the Sustainability Office every step of the way.
With their permission, we have adapted and supplemented Penn State University's Sustainability Planning Guidebook and process; you will see frequent references to that institution rather than OSU. Please keep in mind that although Penn State's Guidebook is constructed around sustainability planning, our core work focuses on climate and carbon impacts. The process and tools for carbon planning are largely the same. We appreciate our Penn State colleagues' willingness to share, and anticipate releasing an OSU-specific version of these tools in the future.