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The Nitrogen Footprint Tool for Universities

June 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


The Nitrogen Footprint Tool (NFT), designed for institutions of higher education, assesses the impact of campus consumption and activities on excess reactive nitrogen (N) in the environment. Excess reactive nitrogen contributes to a cascade of regional and global negative effects that include smog, forest die-back, acidification, eutrophication, global climate change, and depletion of the ozone layer. A network of 20 schools have helped develop the campus N footprint model, which has recently been combined with the campus carbon footprint in the new SIMAP tool hosted by the UNH Sustainability Institute. This webinar will provide a background on why universities should calculate their N footprints, what a campus N footprint looks like, and how to get started. It will also discuss outreach, current research projects, and applications for campus sustainability planning.

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Elizabeth Castner

Elizabeth Castner, (former) N Footprint Project Manager, UC Davis

Elizabeth Castner is a current PhD student at UC Davis in the Geography Graduate Group, and worked previously as the Project Manager for the Nitrogen Footprint Tool project based at University of Virginia.

Allison Leach

Allison Leach, PhD Candidate, University of New Hampshire

Allison Leach developed the Campus Nitrogen Footprint Tool during her time as a student and researcher at University of Virginia. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Natural Resources and Ecosystem Science program at University of New Hampshire, and collaborated with the UNH Sustainability Institute to add nitrogen footprint calculations to SIMAP.

Elizabeth Milo

Elizabeth Milo, N Footprint Project Manager, University of Virginia

Elizabeth Milo is a fourth-year undergraduate Environmental Sciences major at University of Virginia. She is the current Project Manager for the Nitrogen Footprint Project and works with UVA’s sustainability office to track and set reduction goals for their N footprint.



June 27, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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