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International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Online from: 2000

Subject Area: Education

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Using a class to conduct a carbon inventory: A case study with practical results at Macalester College


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Title:Using a class to conduct a carbon inventory: A case study with practical results at Macalester College
Author(s):Christopher W. Wells, (Department of Environmental Studies, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA), Suzanne Savanick, (Sustainability Office, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA), Christie Manning, (Department of Environmental Studies, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Citation:Christopher W. Wells, Suzanne Savanick, Christie Manning, (2009) "Using a class to conduct a carbon inventory: A case study with practical results at Macalester College", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 10 Iss: 3, pp.228 - 238
Keywords:Auditing, Carbon, Global warming, Higher education, Sustainability planning, United States of America
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/14676370910972549 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the practical realities of using a college seminar to fulfill the carbon audit requirement for signatories to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and presents evidence of this approach's advantages as an educational and practical tool.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the course structure and presents research findings, based on student questionnaires on student learning outcomes.

Findings – Structuring a course around a campus carbon audit has unique educational advantages for students and practical advantages for ACUPCC signatory campuses.

Originality/value – This paper enumerates the concrete advantages to using a college class to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and provides evidence of valuable learning outcomes for students in such a class.



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