Webinar series: Getting schools to zero carbon

Published on: 
24 Mar 2021
Author: 
Phoebe Beierle

Feature image: the LEED Platinum Playa Vista Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Edmund Barr.

Each year, more cities and towns, colleges and universities, and businesses of all kinds commit to aggressive environmental and clean energy goals. It is rare, however, to hear about K–12 school systems setting similar targets, even though they contribute a substantial amount to a community’s carbon footprint. If the U.S. is to be successful in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, all industries will need to transition to carbon-free operations over the next 20–30 years, and there’s no more important place to start than in our nation’s schools.

A new, three-part webinar series on getting schools to zero carbon will be co-hosted by the Center for Green Schools and K–12 Climate Action with the Aspen Institute. This series is designed to educate school leaders interested in setting their school or school system on a path to low-carbon operations.

Attendees will learn about the process of greenhouse gas emissions accounting, tools and resources to assess and track reductions over time, and additional benefits from doing so, including improved health, resilience, operating costs, and educational benefits for students. Each session will include time for attendees to network and connect in small group conversations and to ask panelists questions. In the last session, participants will dive more deeply into key resources with partner demos and facilitated planning time, so that everyone walks away with a draft of a zero carbon action plan.

Register for one or all of the sessions:

1. Establishing a Carbon Inventory

Monday, April 12 | 3–4:30 p.m. ET

Learn about carbon accounting strategies and what types of emissions should be assessed, including tools that are commonly used.

2. Creating a Low-carbon Program

Wednesday, May 12 | 3–4:30 p.m. ET

Hear from school district leaders, including students, about how their GHG assessment have resulted in low-carbon policies and programming. Thank you to our session sponsor, Entegrity.

3. Tracking and Communicating Carbon Reductions

Tuesday, June 1 | 3–4:30 p.m. ET

Learn about tools that others are using to track and communicate carbon impacts, and then prioritize a process for your school system.

Register for the first webinar