What is Climate Change?
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an 80% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is essential to averting the worst effects of climate change.
How Will Climate Change Effect Massachusetts?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is expected to experience warmer temperatures, increased frequency and intensity of storms, public water supply shortages, rising sea levels, and increased erosion which threaten our coastal areas. Recognizing the gravity of these threats, Massachusetts state agencies are taking the lead in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
What is Massachusetts Doing?
Executive Order 484 has committed all state agencies to greenhouse gas reduction targets of 25% by 2012, 40% by 2020, and 80% by 2050. Additionally, all 29 state and community colleges and UMass campuses have signed on to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, which will result in long-term commitments to carbon neutrality.
Climate Information and Resources
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidance for MA Colleges and University Campuses
- American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
- Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator
- Case Studies
- Central Heating Plant , University of Massachusetts: Amherst
- MA Public Colleges and Universities Sign Climate Commitment
This information is provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Leading by Example Program