Carbon Offset for the Presidents Climate Commitment.

Title- Carbon Offset for the President’s Climate Commitment

Participant – Lili Fikter

For this project I am looking into the variety of methods that Ohio Wesleyan University could use to offset its carbon footprint. This involves figuring out an efficient way of documenting the air travel that is funded by OWU. This will involve trying to calculate the amount of miles traveled given the cost of the air tickets. The ways in which we could offset the carbon footprint would need to be to meet the standards of the President’s Climate Commitment. The project will be divided into two parts calculating air travel and figuring carbon offset methods.

Main focus

Air Travel

  • Ways to record air travel for accounting
  • Calculating ticket cost
  • Calculating distance traveled based on cost

Carbon Offset

  • Different methods used to offset carbon costs
  • Most efficient method for Ohio Wesleyan

Sources

“American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.” Voluntary Carbon Offset Protocol. American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

  • This site it really useful for figuring out where to look for other information figuring out what needs to be done. There is a list of frequently asked questions. There is also information connecting to specific pages in the Presidents Climate Commitments workbook that will help in getting the information directly.

Investing in Carbon Offset: Guidelines for ACUPCC Institutions. N.p.: American College & University Presidents Climate Commitments, n.d. PDF.

  • This is the guidebook informing about the offset programs. This talks about different programs that can be used to work as the carbon offset. It also talks in different ways about the importance of the carbon offset. This basically shows what will need to be done to complete the Carbon offset.

“Airline Fare Analysis: Comparing Cost per Mile.” Weblog post. Rome2rio. N.p., 2 Jan. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

  • This blog has an equation for calculating the cost of air travel and one part of the equation is the distance traveled so this might be useful for calculating the distance traveled. This is from 2013 so over time the costs might have changed for airlines but it might be a good starting point.

These are not cited I am not sure if I am going to use them but it is a collection of websites and blogs that other schools who have signed the President’s Climate Commitment have made.

The only major thing I still need is the information from accounting that has the money spent on air travel.

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