Resolution in support of carbon neutrality metric in the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) critical goals.
WHEREAS climate change is a crisis demanding emergency actions to avoid exacerbating political, economic, environmental and social problems, and
WHEREAS our institutions of higher education are uniquely poised to innovate and demonstrate climate solutions facing Arizona and the world, and
WHEREAS we believe universities achieving carbon neutrality goals will see significant benefits, increased innovation and competitiveness, risk management, and growth in student enrollment, recruitment, and retention, and
WHEREAS the facets of environmental stewardship and responsibility are interwoven throughout ABOR Strategic Plan Goals and those metrics encourage university accountability in meeting said goals, and
WHEREAS we acknowledge the imperative established by the IPCC of decarbonization by 2045 to avoid the worst of the climate impacts,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the NAU Faculty Senate respectfully requests ABOR consider and implement a carbon neutrality metric specifically for the purpose of
- Accurately quantifying carbon emissions from the three Arizona campuses
- Reducing carbon emissions by 4% from 2020 levels through a range of actions determined by each university.
The foregoing resolution was moved by Senator Marianne Nielson and seconded by Senator Michael Caulkins and adopted at a regular meeting of the NAU Faculty Senate on November 4, 2019 by a unanimous vote.