Overview

Introduction to Carbon Footprinting at UNH
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Introduction to Carbon Footprinting

As climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts increase, more campuses, organizations, and communities are tracking and managing their greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints. This is a technical process, but is not one that you need to be a scientist or math whiz to learn. With an understanding of some basic GHG accounting concepts and an awareness of the tools and resources available, anyone can help their organization or community take this important first step towards improved sustainability.

In this 4-hour virtual course, we will introduce you to key concepts for GHG accounting. The course will include the following topics:

  • The benefits of conducting a GHG inventory
  • Case studies as examples, including UNH’s carbon footprint
  • Core concepts for GHG inventories, such as setting system boundaries, emissions “scopes,” and an overview of the data requirements
  • High-level overview of the entire process for calculating a GHG inventory, from data collection to reporting

This introductory course will provide foundational knowledge on the process and benefits of conducting a GHG inventory. We will demonstrate GHG inventory concepts using SIMAP (www.unhsimap.org), a carbon and nitrogen footprint tool that is hosted by the UNH Sustainability Institute. Future course offerings will provide more detail on how to calculate and manage an organization or community’s GHG footprint.

This course will include presentations from the instructors, independent exercises for students to familiarize themselves with key concepts, and Q&A sessions.

This program is free to enroll for UNH faculty, staff and students. Use the code "UNH-Free" in the "apply a discount" field at checkout.


This program is offered in partnership with the UNH Sustainability Institute

What You Will Learn

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Introduction to Carbon Footprinting

In this 4-hour virtual course, we will introduce you to key concepts for GHG accounting. The course will include the following topics: 

  • The benefits of conducting a GHG inventory 
  • Case studies as examples, including UNH’s carbon footprint 
  • Core concepts for GHG inventories, such as setting system boundaries, emissions “scopes,” and an overview of the data requirements 
  • High-level overview of the entire process for calculating a GHG inventory, from data collection to reporting 

Tools & Materials

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This program will be held online with participants need ing acess to a computer/tablet  with internet access and a microphone to participate.  A computer webcam is helpful, but not required.   All online programs will take place on Zoom with enrolled students receiving login information via email a few days in advance of the program date.

All additional tools and materials needed to participate in this program, if any, will be provided.

Instructor Bios

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  • Allison Leach

    Allison Leach

    Allison Leach is a postdoctoral researcher with the UNH Sustainability Institute. She is a developer of the nitrogen footprint approach, and she led the integration of the nitrogen footprint into SIMAP. She currently works on SIMAP research & development. Prior to arriving at UNH, Allison was a researcher and graduate student at the University of Virginia where she developed the first-ever university level nitrogen footprint model. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation was titled "The Nitrogen Challenge: Footprints Tools and On-Farm Solutions."

  • Jennifer Andrews

    Jennifer Andrews

    Jenn Andrews has spent the past two decades supporting climate action and sustainability across sectors.  Since 2013 she has been at the University of New Hampshire working with faculty, staff and students to meet campus sustainability goals; directing efforts to help higher education institutions and other organizations undertake carbon and nitrogen tracking and management, with the Sustainability Indicators Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP); and coordinating and collaborating with other sustainability professionals in the public and private sectors to strengthen the sustainability field.  Before coming to UNH she worked for a New England-based, climate-solutions focused nonprofit.

This course is currently unavailable.