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Changing Climates in North American PoliticsInstitutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance$
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Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

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Campus Climate Action

Campus Climate Action

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Changing Climates in North American Politics

Dovev Levine

The MIT Press

This chapter explores campus climate action in North America. Campus climate action occurs when universities themselves initiate an action to take the lead, along with other sectors, to set standards for carbon emissions that are significantly more restrictive than those set forth by the government. The chapter discusses the initiatives that are developing across campuses, with a special focus on education, curriculum, operations, and research. It also investigates the four ways in which university and college action is significant beyond the campus level: Leveraging collective purchasing power, framing cost-efficient actions, showing the plausibility of greenhouse gas reductions, and providing citizen education. The chapter then comments on the importance of campus climate change action in the North American multilevel governance setting.

Keywords:   campus climate action, North America, climate change, greenhouse gas reduction

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