As part of the coalition, and under a 2015 agreement with the province of Ontario, University of Toronto has also joined UC3 and has set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 37 pct from 1990 levels by the year 2030. Despite a 26 pct growth in floor space and an 18 pct enrollment increase, U of T lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 32 pct from 2008 to 2016. The university is also developing programming to engage the Toronto area community in sustainability.
In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.
Specific to Ohio State's carbon footprint is a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and another to reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25 pct by 2025. Since 2015, Ohio State cut its emissions by 4.8 pct.
Immediate goals for each UC3 member includes convening a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders. UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to taking action on climate.
In 2016, the UC3 coalition together performed about one-quarter of the environmental science research conducted by all U.S. institutions, according to data collected by the National Science Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, researchers at UC3 member institutions were responsible for 48,518 publications on climate science-related topics, including environmental science, agricultural and biological sciences, energy, engineering, earth and planetary sciences, and more.
(Source: The Ohio State University, University of Toronto, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Ohio State University, osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability; Second Nature, http://secondnature.org/UC3; UC3 Climate Leadership Network, http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-network-map; University of Toronto, University Climate Change Coalition, Prof. John Robinson, (416) 946-8939, https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/profs/john-robinson
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