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At SEDAC, we're looking forward to putting 2020 behind us and moving towards a more hopeful future! As you set goals for 2021, consider some longer-term climate action planning. At SEDAC, we've been helping state agencies and community colleges develop net zero plans: plans that describe a pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by some future date. Show your organization's commitment to mitigating climate change by creating a pathway to net zero!

Below are some basic net zero planning steps.


Create a climate action team

The net zero planning process will be more successful if it is supported by strong leadership and involves collaboration throughout your organization. Successful plans often begin with a small cohort of climate champions and grow from there.

Determine the scope of the project

What emissions sources do you want to focus on? It's a good idea to start with the emissions data you know you have access to. At what future date would you like to reach net zero emissions?

Collect data for an emissions inventory

It's crucial to know where you're at before you start identifying emissions reduction measures. We recommend starting with the data sources that are easiest to obtain, have the most impact on emissions, and that you have the most control over.

Set goals and timeline for action

We recommend establishing short, intermediate and long-term emissions reduction goals and an overall timeline for action.

Identify actions to pursue

Review other climate action or net zero plans for ideas. In general, we recommend a three pronged approach: 1) start by doing everything you can to conserve energy, 2) work on electrification solutions next, and then 3) offset the remaining emissions with renewables.

Develop a net zero plan

Compile the emissions inventory, goals, timeline, and emission reduction strategies into a net zero plan. Seek feedback from administration, stakeholders, and the larger community.

Put your plan into action

Begin implementing your short-term climate actions and monitor how these actions are reducing emissions. We recommend collecting and analyzing emissions data at least once a year to chart your progress. The net zero plan should also be reviewed regularly.

Need help?

Creating a climate action plan is not easy!

We're happy to help.

Contact us at 800.214.7954 or to discuss SEDAC's net zero planning services.

Check out our Climate Action Planning webpage to learn more.