CU Boulder’s 2022-2023 Climate Action Plan (CAP) is the university’s commitment to ongoing, amplified and accelerated action towards decarbonization and climate justice. This living document will lay out the path toward mitigating climate change by advancing just, equitable climate solutions. The plan will work toward achieving the institution-wide goal of 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 and total carbon neutrality no later than 2050. The CAP will build on the chancellor’s Call to Climate Action; the 2009 Conceptual Plan for Carbon Neutrality; and the most recent Campus Master Plan, Energy Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Housing Master Plan1.

Actionable steps toward climate justice will focus on building performance, energy, water, waste, food, transportation, grounds, and education. The development of the CAP reflects CU’s commitment to advancing DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and social justice. Equity has been interwoven throughout the planning process to support climate justice goals including incorporating an equity conscious stakeholder engagement process and using equity criteria, metrics, and rubrics.

For more information, please visit this webpage with information on the Climate Action Plan here!

Why is Climate Justice important to integrate into Climate Action planning?

CU Boulder’s 2022-2023 Climate Action Plan (CAP) is the university’s roadmap towards decarbonization and advancing just, equitable climate solutions. Actionable steps toward climate justice will focus on building performance, energy, water, waste, food, transportation, grounds, procurement, equity, and resilience. These strategies seek to address the root causes of climate change and simultaneously address social, racial, and environmental injustices reflecting CU’s commitment to advancing DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).

How decisions are made and by whom they make an enormous impact. To advance climate justice, we invite all to participate in this decision-making process to ensure all voices are heard and the benefits of climate action are equitably distributed.

Further readings here:

Higher education's role in advancing climate justice

Transitioning From Urban Climate Action to Climate Equity

Intersectional climate justice: A conceptual pathway for bridging adaptation planning, transformative action, and social equity

1 https://www.colorado.edu/today/2022/10/21/cu-boulder-kicks-development-climate-action-plan