Cool Campus! A How-To Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning

Welcome to AASHE's first foray into the world of wikis! For those unfamiliar with the term, a "wiki" is an online collaboration tool that allows multiple users to directly edit one or more webpages through their web browser.

Because the field of campus climate planning is quite young and best practices are changing quickly, we wanted to release this how-to guide in a format that could easily grow and change over time. A wiki seemed like an great tool to make this happen. Our hope is that this interactive format will foster collaboration and build community among people developing campus climate action plans. For those who prefer a more conventional format, a printer-friendly book version of the guide (pdf) is also available.

We invite and encourage you to help us keep the guide current and relevant by contributing to the wiki. You can edit any page in the wiki by clicking the "Edit page" link at the bottom. Alternatively, if you are logged in, you can also click the "Edit" tab at the top of the page. For additional guidance on using the wiki, please see the instructions.

We are greatly indebted to Walter Simpson, CEM and LEED AP, for providing the original seed text for this wiki, which was officially launched in April 2009. Walter is a retired Energy Officer from University at Buffalo and the former Director of UB Green. We are also grateful to the following reviewers for the constructive criticism, guidance, and suggestions they provided after reviewing a draft of the guide:

  • Fahmida Ahmed, Stanford University
  • Jennifer Andrews, Clean Air-Cool Planet
  • Jack Byrne, Middlebury College
  • Georges Dyer, Second Nature
  • David J. Eagan, National Wildlife Federation – Campus Ecology program
  • Louise Gava, Saint Lawrence University
  • Bob Kennedy, Einhorn, Yaffee, and Prescott
  • Julie Newman and Keri Enright-Kato, Yale University
  • Jim Simon, University at Buffalo
  • Michael Womersley, Unity College

You can navigate the wiki by clicking any of the chapter names from the list below or from the "Book Sections" list on the right side bar. Additionally, a more detailed table of contents is also available.

We welcome your feedback on this wiki, so please don't hesitate to let us know at if you have any suggestions for improvement.

Note: A Romanian translation of Section 5.8, "Other GHG Mitigation Strategies," is now available (translated by Alexander Ovsov). If interested in providing translations of the wiki or pdf into other languages, please contact us.

Best wishes,

AASHE's Resource Center Team

Niles Barnes

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